Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations

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"A must-read for anyone from beginner to practiced bartender. Marvin has made a serious study over the decades of what makes taste buds sit up and take notice." -Joe Fee, Fee Brothers Bitters "Great bartenders in America are appreciated. In New Orleans, they are revered, and no one is more so than the Carousel's Marvin Allen. His deft touch in creating a historically proper and balanced cocktail is a joy to behold and to taste. This volume is a reflection of his love for his craft and his city. Party on! Where are the go-cups?" -Tim McNally, host of The Wine Show, wine and spirits editor of New Orleans Magazine Swizzle your way from January to December with this indispensable introduction to the world of cocktails. Each month, experiment with a new spirit as you create fresh, well-balanced drinks. Included are the basics of equipment, ingredients, and techniques, as well as snippets of lore and suggestions for exploring new recipes and variations. Veteran crafters and budding enthusiasts alike will delight in these concoctions, which range from classics like the Sidecar and the Ultimate Classic Gin Martini to daring twists like Satan's Whiskers or the absinthe-based Monkey Gland. Discover tastes old and new in this clear, conversational guide to mixing your own magic.
ISBN: 9781455619894
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 14
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Award-winning bartender Marvin J. Allen prides himself on creating original drinks with unusual ingredients. He is the bar manager and bartender at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, which was named best hotel bar in the city by Gambit. Named New Orleans Magazine's Bartender of the Year in 2005, Allen has decades of experience behind the bar and constantly seeks innovations and refines his skills. He is a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild and a USBG certified spirits professional. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Esquire and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he shares tips and tricks with his characteristic wit and charm.       Allen frequently participates and places in cocktail competitions, where the judges recognize the superiority of his unique drinks. He has placed in the 42 Below Vodka competition with his Peanut Butter and Jelly Martini and won first place in the Perfect Vodka Perfect Cup Competition in 2011. Allen's Southern Comfortini won second place in the Tales of the Cocktail© contest in 2003, and his Blushing Southern Belle earned honorable mention in the same competition in 2004. A recipient of the 2010 City Business Culinary Connoisseur award, Allen teaches bartending classes that include the history of mixology and classic New Orleans drinks.       Allen has worked in the beverage industry for more than twenty years. When he is not cooking or experimenting with new drinks, he is reading, watching a movie, or attending a concert. He lives with his dog in Gretna, Louisiana.
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