Experimental Cocktail Club: London. Paris. New York. Ibiza Hardcover – 15 Oct 2015
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Over 85 recipes for extraordinary cocktails from the award-winning, internationally renowned Experimental Cocktail Club
About the Author
After years of travelling to the Big Apple, childhood friends Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon took the inspiration they found there to create a New-York-style bar in the heart of Paris - kicking off a cocktail revolution in the City of Lights. In 2007 they opened the doors to their first bar, Experimental Cocktail Club. Today, with fourth partner Xavier Padovani, the group has award-winning cocktail bars in Paris, London, New York and Ibiza, all with a well-earned reputation for glamour and style.
Experimental Cocktail Club has already received praise from the Independent, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Vogue, Elle, Condé Nast Traveller, Wallpaper and more. Their private clients for events include Chanel, Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Selfridges, Pernod Ricard, Hennessy, Perrier Jouet and Hendricks - amongst others.
Check them out at their various locations:
New York www.experimentalcocktailclubny.com
and on Twitter: @ExperimentalCC
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What I particularly liked was the clever tailoring of the cocktails to suit the different customer bases - plenty of fruity refreshers in Ibiza, gin based concoctions in London, and bourbon and whisky tipples on the Lower East Side of New York. But add in to that copious use of unfamiliar ingredients like Velvet Falernum, Amaro Averna, vintage blends of Cinzano, and Carpano Antica, and you really do have a very original take on mixology. A lot of herby influences, extensive use of bitters (which I love) and citric acid twists, with a section specifically on making tinctures, infusions and syrups to help you with your blending. (The not-so-brave will also find classics like daiquiris and Negronis so fear not!).
The book is nicely divided into sections based on each of the bars, and there are also chapters themed around drinks with friends, plus an homage to bartenders who have left the Experimental Cocktail Club franchise by way of featuring their best inventions. Matt black cover, lots of photos which I suspect were taken in the bars themselves, with the drinks set against backdrops of vintage wallpaper, japanese screens, old bookcases, antique mirrors and marble counters. Lots of atmosphere. Lots of food for thought. A fascinating insight.
It's a great coffee table book, and I really enjoyed looking at all the recipes (even the ones that I wouldn't make or drink!). Each cocktail recipe has an accompanying great full page photo so you can see what the finished product should resemble. The recipe also informs you of which glass the cocktail should be served in and what is should be garnished with. I particularly liked the basics section at the back where you can find recipes for sugar syrup, grenadine syrup, ginger syrup and a few others.
The book is split into different chapters and these chapters are each of the different bars, at the end of the book there are instructions on how to make some of the mixers and also some of the more unusual spirits, my personal favourite bacon infused bourbon and quite a few others.
When first reading you see the lists of the spirits that are very specific and this is because the bars use only traditionally brewed spirits and try and avoid the mass manufactured ones preferring the subtle tastes of the smaller batched spirits for their cocktails. The way to approach this is to try each one with the mass produced alternatives... unless you can afford the recommended spirits.
There is a nice story of three long time friends setting up the first bar with the aid of another friend and making them the success they are. Each chapter gives the history of the bars, the issues they may have had when setting them up and why they love the uniqueness of each location.
The book itself is nicely made from the blue and silver outer paper dust cover and the really nice yellow/gold inner cover. Pages are very well published the layout of the book itself is excellent and above all else conveys the class of the book and the message of the history and the finesse of the cocktails.
I really do like this book, it is perfect as a present for those interested in drink and cocktails or just nice to have round the home when a beer is just to normal.