Tristan Stephenson’s book The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace is a gorgeously presented and accessible guide to the world of gin.
Stephenson is the eponymous bartender, fuelled by the curiosity that comes through in an informative yet conversational writing style 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 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.