I had the pleasure of receiving a review copy of Michael Turback’s latest book All the Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars. Casablanca reference aside, All the Gin Joints looks firmly forward into the present and future of gin mixology.
There’s a bevy of cocktail books out there for the interested mixologist- many of them quite good. Many of these catch-all cocktail compendiums tend to offer some ratios for the standards (Tom Collins, Negronis, etc) with perhaps a few elegant variations or nuances. Some dig up exotic cocktails from long forgotten dusty cocktail manuscripts, working furiously to make them historical or to chart their paths through history. All the Gin Joints does none of this, and succeeds brilliantly shining a light on the bold and innovative cocktail craft as practiced by some of today’s best bartenders (Turback even provides a comprehensive list of contributing bartenders in the back of the book, identified by city).
This book is not necessarily a cocktail book for the casual home bartender. Only a small portion of the cocktails in this book would be within the reach of the average person with access to a neighborhood grocer and liquor store.