Savory Cocktails – Greg Henry (2013, Ulysses Press, California)
Who says cocktails need to be sweet? I recently started making drinking vinegars at home, and boy, has that ever opened my eyes to the wide range of tasty combinations you can create…and not all of them are fruit-based. (And yes, Savory Cocktails does feature some drinks with shrub syrups like the ones I’ve been concocting). Author Greg Henry divides the book into the categories Sour, Spicy, Herbal, Umami, Bitter, Smoky, Rich, and Strong – that should give you an idea of the range of recipes he’s either created himself or obtained from mixologists from around the world. ONES TO TRY (IMO): Rhubarb Rosemary Flip, Green Tea Gimlet. SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING: Better with Bacon, Pickleback, Bullshot (with beef bouillon) and the Dog’s Nose (with porcini mushroom powder). Put that in your shaker!