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Bitters ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Bitters By Brad Thomas Parsons ✍ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascin Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura Bitters held court behind the bar A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients techniues and traditions that make the American cocktail so special And few ingredients have as rich a history or serve as fundamental a role in our beverage heritage as BittersAuthor and Bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world's most storied elixir from its earliest snake oil days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved and at times obsessed over ingredient on the contemporary bar scene Parsons writes from the front lines of the Bitters boom where he has access to the best and boldest new brands and flavors the most innovative artisanal producers and insider knowledge of the Bitters making processWhether you're a professional looking to take your game to the next level or just a DIY type interested in homemade potables Bitters has a dozen recipes for customized blends ranging from Apple to Coffee Pecan to Root Beer Bitters as well as tips on sourcing ingredients and step by step instructions fit for amateur and seasoned food crafters alikeAlso featured are than seventy cocktail recipes that showcase Bitters' diversity and versatility classics like the Manhattan if you ever get one without Bitters send it back old guard favorites like the Martinez contemporary drinks from Parsons's own repertoire like the Shady Lane plus one of a kind libations from the country's most pioneering bartenders Last but not least there is a full chapter on cooking with Bitters with a dozen recipes for sweet and savory Bitters infused dishesPart recipe book part project guide part barman's manifesto Bitters is a celebration of good cocktails made well and of the once forgotten but blessedly rediscovered virtues of Bitters.

  • Hardcover
  • 231 pages
  • Bitters
  • Brad Thomas Parsons
  • English
  • 22 November 2016
  • 9781580083591

About the Author: Brad Thomas Parsons

Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of Bitters A Spirited History of a Classic Cure All winner of the James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards Amaro The Spirited World of Bittersweet Herbal Liueurs and Distillery Cats Profiles in Courage of the World’s Most Spirited Mousers His forthcoming book Last Call Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time will.



10 thoughts on “Bitters

  1. Rooks Rooks says:

    Ok so on the one hand while I love to read cookbooks and the like I expected this book to have history and fewer recipes; it has sections on history and lots of lovely li'l anecdotes but it's really of a practical guide than a history and my head was all prepped for a history In a good way I mean I love me some random history of a niche subject Actually there's this great book on the Mann Act Ahem Back on trackNow on the other hand it has recipes and advice for making one's own bitters Holy smokes It also has recipes for drinks mainly classic cocktails or variations thereon using base spirits that are often than not currently popular among the fancy drink set Yes I'm looking at YOU St Germain because I have yet to be convinced of your merits no matter how many ways I've tried you and for using bitters in food even Bitters Compound Butters which you'd better believe I have every intention of trying It's also got an amazing resources section no really it's Tony the flippin' Tiger GRRREAT in my opinion and a lot of really fun tidbits about the current cocktail scene Clearly I am behind the times since taking a sabbatical from the bartending trade though I doubt I e'er worked in places that are the sorts of beacons of mixology Parsons tends to cover in this book Regardless apparently making bitters is totally a thing now Especially in Brooklyn And our author he's a total amalgamation of a certain kind of Brooklyn and Seattle a fact about which he makes no bones and also a fact that is really really evident Really Ask me about the intro to one section that explains his love of bourbon and sometime repetitious use of same by making an analogy to the notion that occasionally well you just need two Pavement songs on a mixtape Yes really It's not particularly annoying unless you're for whatever reason predisposed to being annoyed by that sort of thing Me I was ok with it So yes at times it felt like a history of the modern cocktail revival and a catalogue of bitters than a per se history of bitters In that way reading it was akin to when you take a sip of a glass of clear liuid thinking it's water and it turns out it's gin Are you sad? No probably not However are you rather a bit disuieted? Hell yes It just takes a second to fully adjust one's expectationsAs such when trying to decide what to rate it I was torn In the end I felt that the great info contained herein definitely outweighed my mild chagrin at the somewhat misleading title and went with the 45

  2. John John says:

    This was a bit disappointing for me I hoped for some in depth history on the subject of bitters; a few cocktail recipes with bitters as a focus; such as in the magnificent Trinidad Sour; and a lot of recipes and formulas for making bitters including a thorough discussion of the flavors aromas bitterness level and other ualities of the various ingredients that go into different bittersInstead the book provides uite a brief history; merely a baker's dozen formulas for house made bitters all of which as far as I can ascertain are made using exactly the same techniue thereby padding out the book by a dozen pages; and a substantial number of cocktail and kitchen recipes If you're somewhat of a cocktail novice some of the recipes such as the delicious Trident might be new to you but if you're an enthusiast you won't find much that's new here You will however find some things that will make you wince or at least raise an eyebrow Bitters in a Mint Julip? No Just noThe section on bitters in the kitchen is pretty interesting however While a few items in there seem gratuitous bitters vinaigrette compound bitters butters others such as the Chinese style spareribs or the bitters ice cream look interesting All in all this seems like a starting point for an exploration of the subject than the definitive guide I'd been hoping for It'll stay on the shelf with my other booze related books but I'm not sure how often I'll pick it up

  3. Anne Frisbie Anne Frisbie says:

    An absolutely wonderful book My favorite part was the history of bitters which was enlightening and completely entertainingBrad Thomas Parsons is my kind of person When I'm into something a band a book a bourbon I tend to get a bit obsessed Clearly a bit is said with loads of sarcasm as this book which is filled with so much passion and random in depth knowledge is born from one of his minor obsessions BTP's passion for bitters really shines through and that is what makes this book an absolute joy to readI also enjoyed his later book Amaro The Spirited World of Bittersweet Herbal Liueurs with Cocktails Recipes and Formulas though I think that this book on bitters a narrower subject than Amaro was covered with even passion and depthSome of the fascinating lessons about bitters in the book 1 Peychaud's and Angostura were really the only two bitters with success from the early to mid 1850s until the modern cocktail revolution around the turn of the 21st century with The Fee Brothers keeping the flame those 150 years but not doing much else than that Clearly that is not the case today where the early 21st century is exploding in bitters 2 Bitters are classified as non potable alcohol and are usually regulated as food not alcohol despite their high alcohol content but because you only use a dash 3 Regans Orange Bitters No 6 not #4 or #5 despite those recipes being published in earlier books by the Regans is what we buy today because #5 would have been classified as alcohol because it was too delicious and consumers would have not limited usage to a dash or two Lots of other interesting facts about bitters but those are a few of the highlightsLoved the book for the history but have also been trying the cocktail recipes with success Cocktails I have tried so far are Pith Helmet Shady Lady and Tippsy Nissley which were all good and worth having again Considering trying the food recipes especially the Broiled Bitters Grapefruit I am not sure that I want to try DIY bitters because there are so many fabulous ones available on the market but for those that want to make their own I am sure this is the book for you

  4. Jeff Mauch Jeff Mauch says:

    This is a well researched book on the History of bitters that is both interesting and informative I think the issue here is that its like 3 books in one The first third is you history and background on what bitters are how they're made and how they've come and gone over the years The next third of the book are recipes to make your own bitters at home The last portion of the book then are drink recipes that have bitters in them While I found the history portion valuable the idea of making my own bitters is daunting and frankly who has the time to go get teaspoons and pinches of all these roots and herbs to do it I found the drink recipe at the end to be a little lacking as well mostly because a lot of the recipes were ones the writer just thought were interesting and many involved reuired ingredients that even your home cocktail nut would have to go out of their way to procure That said it's an interesting book on a subject for which information is lacking and the history portion was done very well

  5. Sara Sara says:

    There's a lot of good info here on contemporary cocktail culture as well as a great collection of drink and food recipes It's also a beautifully designed book it's lovely just to leaf through This is great volume if you're looking for new things to try in your home bar or kitchen or if you're a craft cocktail fanavid DIYer If you are looking for the history of the usage of bitters though you'd be better off looking elsewhere

  6. Niki Ganong Niki Ganong says:

    This is worth a purchase as a recipe book But I have heard the stories elsewhere before

  7. Dan A. Dan A. says:

    A fine book if short probably the most comprehensive book on bitters and their history I've encountered Well written with no errors in the EPUB copy that I can discern The photographs are attractive In typical foodbev book fashion only about the first 40% of the book is actually on bitters the rest is cocktail and food recipes an index etc The recipes are solid and detailed instructions are given on how to make the sub ingredient syrups tinctures creams and saucesThe author whom I've met is jovial fun and doesn't take all this practice of getting drunk in creative ways TOO seriously I learned a good deal about bitters although it must be said that a publication date of 2011 in the cocktail world is eons ago and many bitters have since entered the market A uick read and Recommended

  8. Adam Leader-Smith Adam Leader-Smith says:

    Disappointing; I had expected a book with detailed descriptions of the ingredients needed to make bitters arming the reader with the tools needed to experiment along with guidelines for what type of bitters to try in what kind of drinks Instead there's a bit of history some bitters recipes waaaay too many classic cocktail recipes that aren't necessarily even bitters centric and are freely available all over the Internet and a puzzling number of new school cocktails that also don't really highlight bitters specifically or do anything to reveal their role Oh and there is just WAY too much name dropping and for some reason references to the band Pavement whom I like but come on

  9. Julie Julie says:

    The best nonfiction and cook book I’ve ever readand I read it cover to cover in one sitting Brad Thomas Parsons includes everything you could possibly ever want to know about bitters and his writing style is so engaging that I was hooked from the intro This writer could write about mud and I feel like it would be fantastic Anyone who loves classic cocktails or wants to know about bringing complex flavours into their drinks will love this The recipes in the second half of the book for tinctures bitters and then cocktails all sound fantastic If you’ve always wondered why bitters are added to drinks read it

  10. LeeAnn Close LeeAnn Close says:

    As a bitters newbie I thoroughly enjoyed this book And recommended it to my husband as well The history was interesting And all the various brands and types of bitters Oh my This book gave me a new world to discover and enjoy And I have to try the recipe for the Hot Sticky Bitter Wings and Sweet Spicy Bitter Bar Nuts We will also be trying the Ten Essential Bitters and definitely the Underberg This was a great book gift to get

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