Simple and yet sophisticated, vodka is one of the world's most popular and versatile spirits. Pure and unadulterated, it is colourless and tasteless, and can be drunk quickly or sipped slowly, drunk neat or blended with other spirits and fruity mixers, served alone or with the classic accompaniment of Russian caviar -- as long as it is served painfully cold.
This definitive little handbook contains a seductive selection of 50 vodka recipes, from old favourites such as the original Screwdriver through popular concoctions such as the refreshing Kew Punch to trendy new mixes such as the colourful Soft Fruit and Ginger Cup.
Each drink recipe begins with a lively introduction explaining the history of the cocktail; for example, the Vodkatini was popularized by James Bond and is famously ?shaken, not stirred?, while the Harvey Wallbanger derives its name from a gentleman by the name of Harvey who drank several of these cocktails and then walked into a wall.
There are guidelines on how to serve vodka, the specialist bartending equipment you will need and the types of glasses that can be used. There are step-by-step instructions on the tricks of the trade, such as crushing ice, frosting glasses, making fruit twists, muddling drinks and steeping vodka, and professional bartending tips. For aficionados interested in learning more about vodka, the book describes the history and uses of vodka, explaining how it is made from grains (principally rye) and how it can be flavoured with other ingredients such as blackcurrants, lemon or chilli.
Whether you prefer a traditional Moscow Mule or Bloody Mary, or fancy a Kemplinsky Fizz or Sex on the Beach, this book will help you enjoy your favourite tipple even more.