Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough
By Peter Thomas Fornatale and Chris Wertz
In the popular tradition of farm-to-table cookbooks, Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough, is the first distillery-to-glass cocktail book. Over the past two decades, Brooklyn has become the epicenter of a Slow Food-inspired food and drink revolution. Brooklyn distillers, restaurateurs, bartenders, and cocktail aficionados are changing the way we drink by bringing back old techniques and recipes, and creating new ones that focus on small-batch distilling and fresh, local ingredients. In 2002, craft distilling was made legal in New York State for the first time since Prohibition. Many Brooklyn-based producers such as Greenhook Ginsmiths, Cacao Prieto, Industry City Distilling, Brueckelen, and others have taken advantage of legalization.
Organized into chapters focused on these distilleries, each chapter will take an in-depth look at the distillery’s story and the spirits they offer, and will present half-a-dozen cocktail recipes. Within these chapters, there will be sub-sections on several varying topics: a look at the bars and restaurants serving the Brooklyn-produced spirits; highlights on the work of local mixologists; and subsections on the history of distilling in Brooklyn.
The book consists of:
* Approximately 70 drink recipes like the Deathbed Manhattan, One Mint Julep, and the Kickstarter (a mix of updated classics and original cocktails contributed by Brooklyn distillers and bartenders, and the authors).
* 15 recipes for syrups, bitters, and other ingredients to improve your cocktails.
Brooklyn Spirits presents an inspiring mix of recipes, profiles, and history, encouraging readers to not only make their own cocktails, but to get involved on a do-it-yourself level, and, in the true Brooklyn spirit, invent cocktails of their own.