This year has seen the release of Tristan Stephenson’s hotly anticipated new work The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace, and once we got our greedy, little mitts on it, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!
Stephenson is the eponymous bartender, fuelled by the curiosity that comes through in an informative yet conversational writing style (much like in his previous books: The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail and The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies). Stephenson’s own passion for drinks and quality shines through.
Taking his trademark style and passion, Stephenson has created a fabulous piece, absolutely brimming with (g)information. It is split into four distinct sections: The History of Gin, How Gin Is Made, The Gin Tour and Gin Cocktails.The book goes into great detail, going back to the rather fascinating origins of distilling and the political events that fuelled it, to the changes in distillation and finally granting a glimpse into some wonderful, contemporary distilleries. The collection of recipes is spectacular. Here, Stephenson updates classics, shares rediscovered drinks and explains how to make them in a thoughtful, passionate and, above all, engaging manner.
To say that this book is just about gin, would be to do it a disservice. While the overall subject is everyone’s favourite juniper spirit, Stephenson delves so deftly and in such detail into gin’s history, production, creators and uses that a much wider range of topics are involved.
The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace excels in making niche elements of gin and distillation both engaging and accessible. It’s a must have for those who want to expand their gin knowledge and should appeal to both the seasoned gin lover or bartender and those who are making their first steps into a more knowledgeable world of drinks.
With a beautifully embossed cover and stunning visuals throughout, The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace would stand up as a great coffee table book, even without its rich and fascinating written content. Informative, enjoyable and full of ideas for the future, Stephenson’s newest book is a great guide for the contemporary gin lover.
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