The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: Recipes and Projects for Four Seasons of Drinking

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A lick of salt and the sour tang of lime balanced by a hint of sweet make the margarita the perfect summer thirst quencher. Fresh cane juice or tamarind puree makes it better than perfect.

The Seasonal Cocktail Companion is a season-by-season toolkit for stocking your bar straight from the farmers market. From rhubarb bitters in the springtime to Horchata nog in the summer, spirits expert Maggie Savarino gives you the tools to infuse your ...

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Overview

A lick of salt and the sour tang of lime balanced by a hint of sweet make the margarita the perfect summer thirst quencher. Fresh cane juice or tamarind puree makes it better than perfect.

The Seasonal Cocktail Companion is a season-by-season toolkit for stocking your bar straight from the farmers market. From rhubarb bitters in the springtime to Horchata nog in the summer, spirits expert Maggie Savarino gives you the tools to infuse your bar with flavorful character. 

This book will not only feature recipes based around specific seasonal ingredients of a culinary bent but also show how certain cocktails can transition through the seasons--winterizing tequila and getting nog out in the sun. The book will be organized by seasons, with drink recipes geared towards the particular season as well as classic recipes--like the Champagne Cocktail or punch--reimagined for each season.

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...this drink — named the Harry Caray, after the famed Chicago Cubs announcer — immediately made me fall in love with Maggie Savarino’s new book, 'The Seasonal Cocktail Companion' (Sasquatch Books). Savarino, based in Seattle, has always been one of the most refreshing and irreverent drinks mavens in America. Over the past 20 years, she has held just about every restaurant job there is, from bartender to waiter to grill cook to sommelier. Until recently, she also wrote my absolute favorite drinks column, for Seattle Weekly, called Search and DistillIf there is such a thing as a punk cocktail geek, Savarino is it. 'The Seasonal Cocktail Companion' is full of cool, unique cocktails — who knew brandy, nocino and stout tasted so weirdly good together? — and DIY recipes for liqueurs, bitters and amari." 
The Washington Post

With the craft cocktail renaissance in full-swing, who better to give us a shot of DIY-confidence than Seattle's high priestess of hooch, Maggie Savarino? In her "Seasonal Cocktail Companion: 100 Recipes & Projects for 4 Seasons of Drinking" (Sasquatch Books, $18.95), the longtime bartender -- and former cocktail columnist for Seattle Weekly -- is as much at home in the kitchen as she is behind the bar. Either/or, she spills her secrets (grapefruit-juice ice cubes for a summery negroni!), sasses back at snobbery (Jagermeister, anyone?), shows her amore for amaro (with a recipe, natch), and tempts with a tinkerer's treasure-trove of ideas for homemade garnishes.
All You Can Eat, The Seattle Times

Among the number of cocktail books being published these days, Savarino, a bartender and sommelier who wrote a beverages column for the Seattle Weekly, here takes a seasonal approach to drinking. Instead of focusing on how to make martinis or gimlets, she emphasizes using fresh, seasonal ingredients and encourages creativity with spirits. The book is broken into two parts. The first reviews the basics, including a brief discussion on spirits, equipment, and tools, but shines in its extensive information on using fresh herbs and spices in beverages, with flavor profiles and weight-to-volume measurements. The guide stands out here with its recipes for flavored syrups, infusions, liqueurs, vinegars, and bitters. The second, seasonal section of the book features additional recipes for Brewed Ginger Beer, Mead (Honey Wine), and other DIY beverages. While the recipes call for some hard-to-find ingredients (Savarino includes source lists), the instructions vary from the easy (e.g., combine spirits and herbs and let it sit for three weeks) to more hands-on (e.g., sieving herbs through cheesecloth).
Library Journal

For an in-depth exploration of the joys of drinking seasonally, check out Maggie Savarino’s just-published book, The Seasonal Cocktail Companion. A mash-up of arts and crafts and booze, the guide bridges the gap between distilling and bartending, yet keeps the enterprise entertaining and accessible.
Northwest Palate

Maggie Savarino learned to bartend from her mom. She’s since worked every position in the booze industry, accumulating enough expertise to fill a book. Literally.
City Arts

A good local guide that weaves in drink recipes with profiles of shops where local bartenders get their supplies...
The Seattle Times

The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: 100 Recipes & Projects for 4 Seasons of Drinking by Maggie Savarino is a charming book.
Serious Eats

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570617553
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,268,212
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.66 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 The Basics

Botanicals, Herbs & Spices 3

Equipment & Prep 29

Liquors, Preferably 37

Infusions: Liquors, Liqueurs & Tinctures 41

Adjuncts: Bitters, Syrups, Salts & Sugars 45

Garnishes 67

Part 2 The Seasons

Fall 83

Winter 109

Spring 133

Summer 153

Appendix 1 Mother Drinks 178

Appendix 2 A Quickie Glossary 184

Resources 186

Index 188

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