For a while in the late 1970s, I wanted to have a bar in my house. Don't laugh! It was seriously trendy back then and you could buy veneer or timber bars in furniture stores or have them custom built, complete with studded leather or vinyl padding at the front!
Whoa, thankfully times have taken a more sophisticated slant. Similarly, cocktails and shots are no longer limited to Harvey Wallbangers and Tequila Sunrise. These days you can have a Volvo, a Red Lobster, a German Chocolate Cake, or a Golden Flash. There's also Smurf Towns, Banshee Berries, Green Jolly Ranchers and (shhhh), Pleasure Domes!
Steve Quirk, author of The Cocktail Bible and Jugs, has released a new book titled Shots, just in time for the party season. Shots offers an eye-opening assortment of recipes for the colourful little drinks known as shots or shooters. Quirk explains that shots are based on a range of spirits or liquers such as brandy, tequila, whiskey, gin and rum. Whereas, shooters can be layered, sweet or sour, smooth or with a taste of firewater, or a subtle combination of flavours.
Quirk, who first took an interest in mixing drinks when serving in the navy, presents recipes for more than 200 drinks from basic mixers through to exotic and some risque creations. You'll also learn 'key skills' such as how to chill and frost a glass, how to layer ingredients, what bar equipment you need and the alcohol content/number of standard drinks in each shooter.
This is a fun little book. Buy it, enjoy the party, but remember to drink wisely.
Shots - Little drinks to get the party started by Steve Quirk, New Holland Publishers, $24.95. Thank you to New Holland and Steve Quirk for giving me the opportunity to review this title.
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