Happy International Whisk(e)y Day!
Thanks to our wonderful author friend, Ariel Lawhon, who sent us a nip of JD and very cool The Wife, the Maid and The Mistress shot glasses; we are set to raise a glass to whisky and good reads!
We really adore The Wife, the Maid and The Mistress, a February LibraryReads pick! In Lawhon’s novel you’ll visit speakeasies and any Tammany Hall political scandals. It’s layered with intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night,The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.
If you enjoy relaxing with an Old-Fashion or Johnnie Walker neat we suggest checking out these two titles that celebrate spirits culture.
A complete history of one of the world’s most iconic cocktails-now the poster child of the modern cocktail revival-with 50 recipes for classic variations as well as contemporary updates.
In this fun, unexpected, and informative guide, New York Times spirits columnist Robert Simonson explores the history of the Old-Fashioned: its birth as the “ur-cocktail” in the late nineteenth century, ascension in the 1950s and 1960s (as portrayed and repopularized by Don Draper on Mad Men), and renaissance as the star of the contemporary craft cocktail movement. A perfect Father’s Day gift for any whiskey-loving gent, the book boasts a sleek, stylish package with striking photography throughout. With 50 elegant, delicious, and totally-within-reach cocktail recipes, The Old-Fashioned is destined to become a classic on par with its namesake beverage.
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks by Maria del Mar Sacasa
When the days grow shorter and the air gets crisp, it’s time to gather with friends for hot drinks and winter cocktails that’ll put a rosy glow on your chilly cheeks. In Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 50 recipes for cold-weather cocktails and mixed beverages, including mulled ciders, hot toddies, wine drinks, eggnogs, and punches; there are even chilled drinks made with a kick that’ll warm you right up. Whether you’re skiing at the lodge, camping on the mountain, or just curling up with a good book on a blustery night, Winter Cocktails is sure to make everything better.
We hope you enjoy these happy hour reads and in the words of Willie Nelson “whiskey River don’t run dry.”