Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits by Jason Wilson

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  • Red hook

    • fprincess on May 04, 2012

      This is a fantastic Brooklyn/ Manhattan variation that is on my regular cocktail rotation. Picture here: http://egullet.org/p1875799

  • Bianco Manhattan

    • fprincess on May 04, 2012

      Delicious. Picture here: http://egullet.org/p1863780

  • Intercontinental

    • fprincess on May 07, 2012

      It would be a good dessert drink since it's a little on the sweet side and has chocolate undertones. Picture here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php/topic/111871-averna-cocktail-competition/page__st__30__p__1861312#entry1861312

  • Papa doble

    • fprincess on February 03, 2012

      I found this quite sour so maybe a little simple syrup would help.

  • Piña colada

    • fprincess on October 21, 2015

      Using fresh pineapple, coconut water and a good white rhum agricole makes all the difference here! Picture: https://tartinestotikis.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/drink-the-coconut-water/

  • Jack mauve

    • fprincess on February 03, 2012

      I did not care for this at all, but my grenadine may be the problem.

  • Little Italy

    • fprincess on May 04, 2012

      Another outstanding Manhattan variation. Picture here: http://egullet.org/p1866563

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  • ISBN 10 158008611X
  • ISBN 13 9781580086110
  • Published Sep 21 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

While some may wonder, “Does the world really need another flavored vodka?” no one answers this question quite so memorably as spirits writer and raconteur Jason Wilson does in Boozehound. (By the way, the short answer is no.) A unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection, Boozehound explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices.

In lieu of odorless, colorless, tasteless spirits, Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define flavors—a bitter and complex Italian amari, or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wilson seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production—visiting fields of spiky agave in Jalisco, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded Jägermeister herb room in Wolfenbüttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflower liqueur.

In addition, Boozehound offers more than fifty drink recipes, from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Through his far-flung, intrepid traveling and tasting, Wilson shows us that perhaps nothing else as entwined with the history of human culture is quite as much fun as booze.



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