On May 14, my new book, Cocktails for a Crowd, will officially hit the shelves!
This one has been in the works for a while. It’s all about batching cocktails for large groups — a concept that professional bartenders know well, but few at-home bartenders do. If you’ve never heard of “batching” before, it’s what goes on behind the scenes at cocktail conferences and other events: I have seen bartenders stirring up drinks for 200 people in giant plastic vats, stirring with what look like rowboat oars….and yet, when they’re dispatched into glasses and garnished with care, it looks (and tastes) like the drink was painstakingly made just for one. So I asked some of the smartest bartenders I knew how that gets done — and how people can do it at home.
This book, which spans punches, pitchers, bottled cocktails and other large-format drinks, includes updated classics as well as original cocktails from bartenders. (PS, I think this may be the first book to include a range of bottled cocktails!) The lovely photos were taken by Teri Lyn Fisher. I’m going to highlight some of my favorite drinks and techniques in coming weeks.
If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on a copy, it’s available for pre-order now. Perhaps you’re already thinking about summer entertaining or thinking about host/hostess gifts – if so, I hope you’ll pick up a copy. Cheers!