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For anyone who has ever woken up with a throbbing head, a churning stomach, and an overwhelming sense of remorse, this book is for you. Why not try a 'hair of the dog' Bloody Mary or the ultimate sandwich to soak up the booze? Or, if you can't face food yet, what about a morning quickie (well, you might as well if you can't face getting out of bed)? Also includes pre-game tips so you can cushion the blow before you start boozing. If you've had one pint too many or gone a flirtini too far, don't let the morning after ruin the fun of the night before. This little book has 50 foolproof tips for fending off the dreaded hangover, from the tried and tested to the downright ridiculous. Whether you're gearing up for a big night out or crying, "Never again!" the morning after, this is a book to keep by your bed (with a big glass of water)!
Did You Know... A piece of toast was dropped into wine in ancient Rome to toast someone for good health? The word `bridal' originated from `bride ale', a special alcohol brewed for a marriage feast? Rum was so important in New England that a contract wasn't considered sealed until a glass had been drunk? Drink contains everything you have ever wanted to know about alcohol, from how to make absinthe to the cultural history of zythos (beer), and is packed with fascinating and curious facts about life's `second greatest pleasure' (according to essayist Samuel Johnson). Bottoms up!
This quirky guide explains the chemistry and botanical history of over 150 plants, trees, flowers and fruits, showing how they form the bases of our favourite cocktails. Amy Stewart offers gardeners growing tips and provides cocktail enthusiasts with 50 drink recipes, as well as a rounded knowledge of the processes and plants which go into popular concoctions.
Foreword by Alexandre Ricard. 'A thoroughly splendid and very persuasive paean to the glories of the home bar. If you have secretly dreamed of building a bar inside your house, then you need this book.' Victoria Moore Home Bar covers all aspects of home bar design in addition to offering inspiration advice on how to create it; from which drinks to include, glassware and fridges, to recipes from some key bartenders and truly inspiring interiors. Whether you hanker after a small, stylish bar cart for a tiny urban apartment or are planning a bespoke entertainment space in your home, indoors or out, Home Bar is a comprehensive resource and a go-to inspirational manual of discerning drinks. With exclusive access to the owner of Pernod Ricard's own glamorous home bar in the south of France, this book will appeal to Mad Men fans, millenials for whom a homemade cocktail from a drinks trolley is the height of cool, and also to any discerning drinker fascinated by the mystique of soda syphons, cocktail kits and seriously interesting aperitifs and digestifs. Written by a leading authority on drink, Home Bar includes photographs from Simon Upton, one of the world's leading interiors photographers working in exclusive homes. With images from major bar cart retailers too, this book is a beautiful, comprehensive and indispensable reference for cool drinks at home, anytime.
A comic history of humankind's love affair with booze, from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Etymologicon 'Haha! . . . Highly suitable for Xmas!' - Margaret Atwood Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.
This classic book is for any really enthusiastic and ambitious home brewer - the person who wants to brew high quality 'true' beers that were long thought beyond the ability of the amateur. It brings to beginners and experts alike a simple method of 'mashing' for producing the finest flavoured beers, real ales, stouts and lagers from all-grain ingredients. It is the most advanced and comprehensive guide to mashing and brewing.
Author Michael Sanders spent two years in the vineyards of southwest France with three families whose destinies are determined each year, every year, by the soil, the weather, and the quality of the grape, and shared with them the hopes of spring, the anguish of summer drought, and the mad rush of the fall harvest. In Families of the Vine, he offers a vivid, heartfelt portrait of these authentic winemakers in a fascinating, intensely human saga of strength, dedication, and savoir faire. Though their wines may differ, they all share a powerful, uncompromising passion for the timeless craft that defines them.
Are you bored of Beer Pong? Is your Ring of Fire more like a ring of embers? If so, this book is exactly what you need to shake up your next party. Ever since its discovery hundreds of years ago, alcohol has valiantly taken on the role of `ice breaker', bringing people together through silliness and shared hangovers. While it's true that the feel-good factor of alcohol is a global phenomenon, not everyone in the world plays Fuzzy Duck or Centurion at their parties. This collection of the truly bizarre and outrageous games that drunk people play around the globe will add sparkle to any night out (or in). Your new favourite drinking game is waiting for you within these pages...
Make great cider at home with just a few ingredients and minimal equipment--with some help from Stephen Wood and the crew behind Farnum Hill Ciders.In Apples to Cider, these cidermakers and their colleagues share decades of experience and a simple philosophy: Cider is all about the apples. Whether you are a home brewer, a home winemaker, or simply a cider lover, you can join the growing community of cidermakers that are reviving this thousand-year-old craft. With these easy-to-follow instructions for first-time cidermakers and advanced techniques for the more experienced, you'll be on your way to making your own delicious cider at home.Inside you'll find: Step-by-step instructions for making your first batch of still ciderA guide to tasting cider like a professionalTroubleshooting tips for preventing, diagnosing, and correcting the most common cider flawsAdvanced home cidermaking techniques for sparkling cider, methode champenoise cider, French-style cidre, and ice cider
Easy to brew, easy to customize, and enormously delicious! Looking for a crisp, clean, and scrumptious alternative to beer? On a gluten-free diet or allergic to the grains used in brewing beer? Want to experience the pride that comes when your friends crack open one of your bottles and exclaim, "You made this?" Then welcome to the world of hard cider. Suddenly it's everywhere--it's on the menu in pubs and restaurants, and there's a dizzying array of ciders available in stores. And some cider lovers, just like craft beer drinkers, are looking for ways to create their own brew. The Everything Hard Cider Book takes you step by step into the fermentation and bottling process, with tips on finding the proper equipment, sourcing ingredients, varying flavors, and creating unique packaging. You'll also find advice on advanced techniques, like evaluating the finished product, varying recipes for your own taste, and even growing fruit for cider. And with thirty-five essential and adaptable recipes for apple and other fruit ciders, you'll find everything you need to make your own distinctive and delicious beverages.
Unique in conception and presentation, the Drinktionary showcases a vintage vocabulary of 2000 often unusual and unfamiliar words across ten thematic areas covering the production, preparation and partaking of alcoholic beverages of all kinds. Wordaholics of all ages and tastes - those with a thirst for strange words and strong drink alike - will find something to imbibe and savour on every page of this intoxicating read and indispensable reference work. And of course, there's no hangover when you're merely drunk on words! The Drinktionary is the ultimate lexicon of liquor - please read responsibly!
Think jazz, art deco, James Bond, Great Gatsby parties, the Rat Pack, and you'll approach the martini mystique. This essential guide serves up the lore and allure of the king of cocktails, garnished with pithy quotations and etiquette tips. More than 80 recipes satisfy both the purists and the playful.
Obsessions: Whisky is about savouring the world's most sophisticated spirit to the full. It celebrates the fine distinctions between name, place, tradition and taste that elevate whisky appreciation to an art in itself. With the cachet knowledge every expert must possess, plus authentic insights into the lives and skills of distillery artisans, Obsessions: Whisky features an authoritative directory of rare and prestige whiskies to help you explore the very finest international styles in greater depth, and offers impeccable advice on all aspects of this venerable spirit, from pronunciation to professional tasting techniques.
More than seventy tasters have travelled around Italy to source the very best wines. The tastings - all blind - took place in consortiums and local chambers of commerce and were supported by experts in the field, sommeliers and trade buyers. The guide is completely accessible, organised in a simple, clear and functional way. Sections are arranged by individual winery - name, address, number of hectares of vineyard, method of cultivation (conventional, organic, biodynamic or natural). Entries are descriptive, of history and geographical region; evaluating the wines by the celebrated method of Bicchieri, or glasses, ranging from one, to a maximum of Tre Bicchieri. The guide also pays special attention to wineries that are eco-sensitive, awarding Tre Bicchieri Verdi to bottles that come from those with a particular regard for the environment.
Scottish gin has never been more on trend. It’s currently undergoing a massive revival, fuelled in part by the boom in small craft distilleries which have reinvigorated and transformed the gin market. Gin can be relatively simply produced – which enables craft gin distilleries across Scotland to create a refreshing range of boutique products, many of which are making some seriously big waves both in this corner of the world and beyond.
Did you know, for example, that a Scottish gin has recently been crowned the ‘World’s Strongest Gin’ - taking the title from a Swedish distillery?
World Gin Day and the Scottish Juniper Festival – plus the huge boom in spending on gin in the UK – mean there’s no better time to be a gin fan, to get to know Scottish gin and the intriguing stories behind it.This guide will make the perfect companion for gin lovers across Scotland and the UK, as well as gin-loving tourist visitors to Scotland...
'Ambitious, cataloguing everything from the wine, regions and grape varieties of France, to the flavour profiles of popular tequila cocktails' The Times A extraordinary and fascinating cornucopia of beautifully designed facts, charts, maps, diagrams, labels and details concerning the world of booze, which is sure to delight anyone who wants to know more about the history, origins and provenance of the drink in their glass or bottle. Bottoms up! What do the 9 different varieties of bottle opener look like? Which country in the world has the largest consumption of wine per head? Which famous people have their own brands of wine, beer and spirits? From varieties to vessels, and even the cocktails of choice in film and literature, A Visual Guide to Drink offers a wealth of fascinatingly illustrated facts for novice drinkers and aficionados alike. From the meticulous minds at Pop Chart Lab comes a comprehensive infographic investigation into the world of beer, wine and spirits. Beautiful and insightful, there are facts and data to inspire, delight and confound, whatever your tipple.
The craft of making moonshine-an unaged white whiskey, often made and consumed outside legal parameters-nearly went extinct in the late twentieth century as law enforcement cracked down on illicit producers, and cheaper, lawful alcohol became readily available. Yet the twenty-first century has witnessed a resurgence of artisanal distilling, as both connoisseurs and those reconnecting with their heritage have created a vibrant new culture of moonshine. While not limited to Appalachia, moonshine is often entwined with the region in popular understandings. The first interdisciplinary examination of the legal moonshine industry, Modern Moonshine probes the causes and impact of the so-called moonshine revival. What does the moonshine revival tell us about our national culture? How does it shape the image of Appalachia and rural America? Focusing mostly on southern Appalachia, the book's eleven essays chronicle such popular figures as Popcorn Sutton and explore how and why distillers promote their product as "traditional" and "authentic." This edited collection draws from scholars across the disciplines of anthropology, history, geography, and sociology to make sense of the legal, social, and historical shifts behind contemporary production and consumption of moonshine, and offers a fresh perspective on an enduring topic of Appalachian myth and reality.
Fans of Tequila Mockingbird will love this desktop calendar inspired by everyone's favorite books-and-booze mashup. Now you can enjoy Tequila Mockingbird every month of the year with this convenient easel-style desk calendar, featuring twelve undated pages with artwork, spiral binding, and a collapsible easel stand, all enclosed in a clear sleeve. Titles include: Bridget Jones's Daiquiri A Cocktail of Two Cities Orange Julius Caesar Romeo and Julep Pear the Wild Things Are Decline and Fall Down The Joy of Sex on the Beach Charlie and the Chocolate Fake-tini The Old Man and the Seagram's Drankenstein The S(ide)carlet Letter Ethan Pom
Winner of the Fortnum and Mason Best Debut Drink Book Award 2017 From renowned booze correspondent Henry Jeffreys comes this rich and full-bodied history of Britain and the Empire, told through the improbable but true stories of how the world's favourite alcoholic drinks came to be. Read about how we owe the champagne we drink today to seventeenth-century methods for making sparkling cider; how madeira and India Pale Ale became legendary for their ability to withstand the long, hot journeys to Britain's burgeoning overseas territories; and why whisky became the familiar choice for weary empire builders who longed for home. Jeffreys traces the impact of alcohol on British culture and society: literature, science, philosophy and even religion have reflections in the bottom of a glass. Filled to the brim with fascinating trivia and recommendations for how to enjoy these drinks today, you could even drink along as you read... So, raise your glass to the Empire of Booze!
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