If you’ve ever flipped through some of the introductory cocktail guides on the market you know that they’re filled with drinks that either shouldn’t be made or were last made at a Miami nightclub sometime in 1978. And while it’s useful to keep a Big Book of Dumb Drinks on hand for reference, it’s also nice to have a Small Book of Good Drinks That People Will Actually Like. That’s basically what I’m working on now.
I’ve teamed up with a local publishing company in the spirits industry that’s been receiving requests from liquor stores to create a quality, inexpensive paperback cocktail guide for bartenders and home enthusiasts. They’re doing the design, layout, and marketing, and I’m doing the writing and editing. The aim is not to create the biggest recipe book on the market or a lengthy text on the craft of bartending. Rather we want to introduce readers to the basics of mixology and spirits and provide them with some quality recipes to explore; in short, to encourage readers to try a Last Word rather than, say, a Sloe Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall Mexican Style with a Little Bit of English. (Yes, really.)
The guide will feature a lot of classics but we also want to include drinks from talented bartenders around the world. That’s where you come in. If you’d like to contribute a recipe, send an email to feedback-at-jacobgrier.com with your name, city, and bar (if applicable). There’s no money in it but full credit will be given and your drink will be introduced to a wider audience.
Since this is an introductory guide drinks need to be relatively simple. Off-the-shelf ingredients and fresh juices and herbs are great; homemade tinctures and bitters not so much. Recipes will be selected based on quality, our need to diversify spirits and locations, and limited page space. My thanks in advance for contributions and apologies for not being able to work them all into this edition of the guide.
(Oh, and if you have a better title than the Small Book of Good Drinks That People Will Actually Like, let me know about that too. I sort of like it but it’s a bit long!)
Update: If you have a favorite cocktail that you feel absolutely belongs in the book, feel free to nominate it in the comments as well!