We're in the middle of a new Gin Craze. Scarcely a day goes by without an established brand offering a fresh take on their styles or, more likely, a new boutique distillery opening its doors - where gin is de rigueur.From Adnams to Zuidam; Beefeater to Bombay and London to Plymouth (and beyond), this new book from a best-selling drinks writer is the authoritative guide to the world of gin and a celebration of the hippest drink on the international bar scene. With serious gin bars stocking well over 300 brands and adding still more, how do you choose? Is Edinburgh Gin a style, or just a brand name? Can a rose-flower and cucumber infusion properly be called gin? Can gin be aged in wood or does that just make it a strange tasting young whisky? And what tonic to choose, and why? In his inimitable style, best-selling drinks writer Ian Buxton will lead readers through the great gin trap with his latest no-nonsense guide to 101 Gins.
Rum, once the poor relation of the spirit world, has undergone a revival and is no longer seen just as the preferred tipple for tipsy pirates. The craft drinks movement has certainly stimulated the rum world, with high numbers of new artisan rum brands launching around the world in the last few years. The rise of the rum cocktails is another successful trend, with the popularity of mojitos and mai tai contributing greatly in the growth and development of the rum market. Ian Buxton, the UK’s No.1 bestselling author on spirits, takes us on a tour of the different colours, flavours, creation methods and characteristics, and makes his pick of the best rums in the world. Whether you like your rum in cocktails, or prefer to sip it neat, this is the only book on rum you will ever need.
Revised and updated in 2013, 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die is a whisky guide with a difference. It is not an awards list. It is not a list of the 101 'best' whiskies in the world in the opinion of a self-appointed whisky guru. It is simply a guide to the 101 whiskies that enthusiasts must seek out and try in order to complete their whisky education. Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited and the absurdly expensive, whisky expert Ian Buxton recommends an eclectic selection of old favourites, stellar newcomers and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. The book decodes the marketing hype and gets straight to the point; whether from India, America, Sweden, Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens and islands of Scotland, here are the 101 whiskies that you really want. Try them before you die - Slainte!
Brought together in one delightful and informative guide are the top 101 cocktails to try before you die, from the classics (Old-Fashioned, Manhattan, Vesper) to the less well-known (Scofflaw, Irish Mermaid, Bramble). With fascinating insight, this book takes the reader on a captivating tour through history's most famous (and infamous) cocktails. Each entry comes with a detailed history, entertaining anecdotes and of course a list of ingredients, as well as retellings of cocktail myths and legends. Whether you are a spirits aficionado or simply enjoy a good drink, this is the must-have cocktail handbook.
Island whiskies have long held a fascination and a powerful emotional draw on whisky drinkers the world over. Their special combination of heritage, mystique, and remote location captures the imagination; their highly distinctive flavours are often imitated but seldom bettered. There have been few books on island whisky and none written in recent years. But Whiskies Galore is not your average whisky book. It is not merely a catalogue of distilleries, but a story of discovery and adventure. Join Ian Buxton on a personal journey across Scotland's islands, where he learns to fish with high explosives, ends up hurling his dinner into the sea,and comes face to face with a basking shark. Combining an expert's knowledge of whisky with a travel writer's fondness for anecdote, and with a keen description of place, he provides a special treat for all who love the islands' magical drams.
TEACHING MYSTERIES 101 It is the fall of 1970, and Andrea Jackson is beginning her career as a high school English teacher in a small, northern Illinois town. Her challenges begin during the first class of the first day, when her Mystery Stories students come in expecting to learn to be detectives rather than study English. Andrea shares the ups and downs of first-year teaching with her fellow rookie English teachers, Chrissie and Bud. All of them are unsure how to deal with their stern department chairman, Susan, who advises and evaluates them. A few weeks into the school year, one of Andrea’s students falls victim to a crime committed at the high school. To her dismay, the list of suspects includes another of her students and more than one staff member. Andrea’s efforts to navigate first-year teaching, along with her growing curiosity about the crime, fill her days and keep her awake nights. Her life and work become increasingly complicated when the Mystery Stories students insist on investigating the crime — with or without her cooperation. Their efforts, along with her involvement, eventually put all of them in jeopardy.
For everyone looking to find a little extra magic in a life with little to celebrate, Happy Cruelty Day! is here. Beginning on January 1, this book features 365 new holidays, each accompanied by a strange, dark and humorous short story explaining the day you woke up in and how to celebrate it. These 365 daily doses of delight, perversion, and nonsense include "Hire Someone Attractive To Pretend To Love You Day," "Hang on to Your Wide-Eyed Innocence Day," "Sit in Abject Terror Day," and, of course, "Cruelty Day." Far more than just a humor book, Happy Cruelty Day! is like a daily instructional manual written by a psychopath. On one page, the book has you joining a community crime watch group in an effort to make friends (it won't work). Flip the page, and you'll find the details of your attempt to rescue your husband from a POW camp (you'll fail). Flip it again, and Happy Cruelty Day! will have important insight into how best to befriend a runaway teen (offer her some soup). These holidays celebrate everything from that pivotal point in your life when everything changes, to the day you're not going to do anything but sit on the edge of your bed and get very drunk. When people realize they've fallen in love, or when they realize their love was just a lie. And of course, when love of whatever incarnation brings an index finger to clench tight around the trigger of a gun. Raw, ridiculous, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a sharp-edged satire on the subtleties, shallowness, and stupidity of daily life.