I was SUPER stoked when I got a copy of Market-Fresh Mixology in my mailbox. (Aren’t surprises the best?!) Award-winning mixologists Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco rounded up some of the best seasonal cocktail recipes in a paperback (perfectly-sized to keep on the bar) with gorgeous photography by James Beard Award-winner Tim Turner.
The recipes call for fresh, local ingredients, which is all the rage right now, no? Best yet, they’re arranged by season. Want to know what drinks you can whip up with in-season fruits, veggies (yup), herbs, and more? These ladies have you covered with easy to understand recipes with a quick guide for which glass to use and the tools you’ll need.
For Spring, they have everything from the Carrot Chic to the Spiced Beet Cocktail. They sound odd, but really, they’re delicious. I tried out a few with some friends this weekend, and they were the simplest recipes to follow and didn’t call for anything too extremely outrageous. (Like, seriously, who keeps some of the crazy s**t they put in some recipes around the house? Three kinds of bitters for one drink? Get real … I’m a person, not a bar.)
My favorite that we tried was the Cucumber Caipiroska, made with simple syrup, cucumber, lime, and pear vodka. I’m really looking to toting this one down to the pool this summer (in a plastic container, of course).
Another awesome part of the book is the Home Bar Essentials section, which went through the various glasses, bartending tools, and even had syrup and sour recipes. Best of all? There are toasts for each season. One of the spring toasts is “May we be happy and our enemies know it.” Cheers to that!
Order yourself Market-Fresh Mixology for just around $12 and try some of the recipes out for yourself!