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Cocktail Connoisseur

The Perfect Cocktail

A century ago, the cocktail achieved perfection when, according to legend, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender in Florence to stiffen an Americano by replacing the soda water with gin. The world never looked back. With its cosmically simple 1:1:1 ratio, its balance of bitter and sweet, its pleasant kick, its aura of sophistication, the Negroni has bewitched cocktail lovers ever since. Perhaps none more so than Matt Hranek, who intones this love song to his favorite drink and offers a curated collection of recipes, both the classic and dozens of variations, deviations, and delicious reinterpretations. 

In The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail, Hranek offers more than 30 variations on the classic Negroni. Learn how to choose the optimal gin, bitter, vermouth, and garnish for your tastes, plus barware and glassware options. Because of its reputation as a perfect aperitivo, Hranek even includes the best snacks to enjoy alongside a pre-dinner nip. This book also features stories and photographs of the greatest Negroni bars in the world. Each bar highlighted in the book has an intriguing history, and each venerable bartender has talent to learn from.

Another Round: 200 Trivia Questions for Cocktail Nerds is the ultimate ice-breaker! Shake up your next cocktail hour with these 200 multiple-choice trivia cards that cover drink-making pop culture, history and lore, recipes and techniques, and travel.

What's the one drink mentioned by name in The Great Gatsby? Which faux pas do bartenders consider bad luck when garnishing a drink with olives? Prove your cocktail expertise with this trivia game written by the editors of PUNCH, an award-winning online magazine covering wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails. An enclosed booklet offers instructions, tips for bartending, and 10 unique cocktail recipes.


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