Travel has always been a part of the cocktail's DNA. Born in England and raised in America, the cocktail takes influences from all over the world and mixes them up into exciting new combinations. Around the World in 80 Cocktails by Chad Parkhill celebrates the globetrotting history of the cocktail's journey around the world, from the early 19th century through to the 21st, and details the colourful tales behind 80 excellent libations. Cocktail bars around the world now sling drinks made with ingredients as diverse as Mexican tequila and mezcal, Norwegian aquavit, Peruvian or Chilean pisco, Japanese sake, Brazilian cachaça, and Chinese baijiu. With this book, you can drink your way around the world without having to leave your home bar.
The story of each cocktail comes with an easy-to-follow recipe, including many classics and some new recipes that make their public debut in these pages. You'll learn about the surprising military history behind the bubbly, vivacious Venetian Spritz; how the G&T moved from India to England (and why the best in the world are now made in Spain); and how France's Burgundy region turned tragedy into triumph with the Kir.
The gorgeous vintage-styled illustrations by Alice Oehr will inspire you to pack your bags and board a plane. With tips on bartending techniques and equipment, as well as advice on creating a well-stocked home bar, this book is the perfect companion for budding bartenders, travel aficionados and cocktail lovers.
Around the World in 80 Cocktails is an ode to the joys of travel, history, and drinking.
Chad Parkhill is a writer and bartender based in Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in The Australian, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and The Quietus, among others. He is currently the cocktail columnist for the Guardian Australia. Around the World in 80 Cocktails is his first book.
Alice Oehr is a designer from Melbourne, Australia whose distinct, colourful style incorporates her love of food, pattern, collage, and drawing. Her designs have made their way into textiles, homewares, magazines, books, and even a series of six-foot-tall Ancient Egyptian statues for a marquee at Melbourne's Spring Racing Carnival. Travel and vintage posters are two of her favourite things.
Around the World in 80 Cocktails
Hardie Grant Books
Author: Chad Parkhill
Illustrator: Alice Oehr