Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How To Mix ‘Em from the Award-Winning Bar

Abrams. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781419758522. $29.99. COOKING
New Orleans drinks are as iconic as the city itself. This combination of mixology, lore, interviews, and snacks by James Beard Award–winning Bodenheimer will bring the Big Easy straight to readers’ home bars. The introduction covers the basics of cocktail making with tools, techniques, garnishes, and glassware. The chapters are divided by type of cocktail and cover all the classics, such as the French 75 and the Sazerac. New Orleans fanatics will love the photography of bars from throughout the city, as well as the profile of best music venues provided by Ian Neville. The cocktail bucket list will have readers booking their next vacation. The range of bar snack recipes are sophisticated and also reflect the palette of New Orleans with great seafood dishes, including pickled shrimp and crab beignets. Fair warning that the cocktails call for specific ingredients and brands.
VERDICT Who isn’t looking for a little bit of NOLA on their bar or their bookshelves? Bodenheimer delivers with this love letter to the Big Easy that is as much fun to read as it is to create from, bringing a bit of lagniappe to the mixology collection.
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