How to Drink

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-18
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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In the past few decades, many of us have become sophisticated about food, but we have not given the same attention to what we drink. In this inspiring book, Victoria Moore aims to redress the balance, by showing how to drink well throughout the seasons and at all times of day.She explains how to make the most delicious coffee and juices; how to choose wine that complements your food; and how to make cocktails for every occasion--whether to serve a garden barbecue, as a cold weather aperitif, or just to unwind with at the end of the day.Here are recipes for mint juleps in the spring, sloe gin in the autumn, hot buttered rum in the winter, and year-round showstoppers including the world's best gin and tonic. Moore is also an impassioned advocate of unfairly maligned drinks such as sherry, Campari and saki, and gives fascinating historical background on different spirits as well as invaluable advice on creating your home bar.

Author Biography

Victoria Moore lives in London and is Britain's brightest young wine critic. She has been writing professionally about drinking since 1998, when she landed a column in the New Statesman. She is now the wine writer for the Guardian and writes a weekly column in the Saturday Weekend magazine. She also works as a feature writer for the Daily Mail.

Table of Contents

About This Bookp. viii
Basicsp. 1
Stocking upp. 4
Ice and other techniquesp. 17
Wine basicsp. 24
Breakfast & Brunchp. 41
Weekday morningsp. 45
Brunchp. 72
Springp. 87
Sap risingp. 91
Something a little harderp. 99
Friends overp. 103
Food and winep. 113
Thirst-quenchersp. 117
Herbs from the garden: calming drinksp. 122
Summerp. 125
In the gardenp. 129
Lazy weekendsp. 133
Sultry heatp. 144
Other summer sundownersp. 164
Nonalcoholic refreshersp. 166
Alfrescop. 168
Summer wine: temperature controlp. 177
Pure hedonismp. 180
Back-endish: when summer's heat starts to fadep. 184
Autumnp. 187
Aperitifs and digestives for evenings that are drawing inp. 191
Midafternoon: something to invigorate weekend cooks and gardenersp. 195
The apple harvestp. 200
Food and drink to graze onp. 205
Dinnertimep. 214
Winterp. 221
Christmas is comingp. 225
Hot drinks from the stovep. 232
Hibernationp. 236
In from the cold: Warming up after walks across frozen fieldsp. 240
A sip of something by the firep. 242
Something differentp. 248
Ice and snowp. 259
Glamorous wine-and-food combinations for dark daysp. 266
Year-Round Showstoppersp. 273
The martinip. 277
Simple aperitifsp. 283
Gin and tonicp. 291
All-night drinksp. 305
After dinnerp. 310
P.S...Five Useful Listsp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 322
Select Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 324
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