Well, that dinner at Wood Work back in June did it!
A few different kinds of bitters are in the cupboard, a couple different vermouths are in the fridge, some new glassware, cocktail shaker, mixing glass, barspoons, jiggers…. and the momentum hasn’t really slowed down! Waiting for a couple large ice cube trays, mole bitters…
In my bookshelf, I’ve added some books:
The PDT Cocktail Book (Hardcover)
The 12 Bottle Bar (Paperback)
I bought hard copies of PDT & 12 Bottle Bar, but wish I had them electronically as well – to search and look up recipes from my iPad or phone. I bought the Kindle version of Death & Co., but I think it’s still nice to be able to pick up a book and enjoy the original presentation of the books authors. Wish buying books was like buying new vinyl albums – where they typically include digital downloads.
The 12 Bottle Bar is a great book to start with, if you’re just buying one book. The recipes are grouped by the main spirit used in the recipes, and contains most of the classic cocktail recipes.
The PDT Cocktail Book and the Death & Co. books are great reading, providing more back story about a couple of important cocktail bars in New York City. It’s interesting to read about how some cocktail recipes come about, and they provide information and recipes on making syrups and other ingredients used in some of the drinks.
Now we’re also looking at bar cabinets – something that will store the tools, glassware, and bottles – that opens up as a prep and serving station.
Another case of both feet 🙂