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  • Whether you are entertaining a large crowd, hosting a cocktail party, or spending the evening with a close friend, a cocktail is meant to be savored. Whether you are entertaining a large crowd, hosting a cocktail party, or spending the evening with a close friend, a cocktail is meant to be savored.

    Like fine wines, a memorable cocktail needs layers of flavor. My only rule is that cocktails must be balanced with freshness. This book will show you each step in making these simple, fresh, and modern cocktails, as you learn to enhance the classics. Great classics, such as the Mojito, which emerged in the mid 1900s, are making the scene again for your sipping pleasure. One of my favorite twists on this classic, the Blueberry Lavender Mojito, adds a splash of culinary freshness and creativity.

    All great recipes require the basics. Up front, you’ll find a section on Home Bar Essentials, which gives you the fundamentals of cocktail creation with a quick reference outlining the right spirits, store-bought and homemade mixers, tools, and glassware needed to complete each cocktail. As you read on in the book, you’ll see that each recipe includes an easy-to-follow format, with a Tool Box of supplies for every recipe.

    The changing seasons are the inspiration for every recipe in Market-Fresh Mixology, including the spring-fresh Rhubarb Strawberry Collins and the winter-savory Caviar Martini. These recipes feature your favorite spirits, like vodka, tequila, gin, bourbon, or sparkling wine for celebration cocktails, mixed with delicious ingredients from each chapter’s Season’s Best list of flavorful in-season produce.

    In the final chapter, you’ll learn the art of making cocktail infusions, such as Bing Cherries with Cinnamon and Bourbon. Infusions capture the spirits and flavors of the season as they meld together over time.

    As you read through, enjoy the tidbits of cocktail lore and historic drinking toasts. I’m sure they will inspire you to make the freshest cocktails the season has to offer. Let’s raise the bar as we raise our glasses. Cheers!

Copyright © 2008, 2014 by Bridget Albert, Mary Barranco All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without express written permission from the publisher. Cocktail photographs copyright © 2008 by Tim Turner. Author photographs by Larry Fox.

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