Bar Book Review: Mix Shake Stir

Mix Shake Stir: Recipes from Danny Meyer's Acclaimed New York City RestaurantsMix Shake Stir is a compilation of recipes served at Danny Meyer's New York restaurants including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla (which is now defunct), Blue Smoke, and Jazz Standard, among others. It doesn't claim an actual author, but it has comments from different bartenders at the different Danny Meyer restaurants, and it has a great blurb about each drink.

There are several things I like about this book:
In other words, these mixologists know what they're doing. They care about bartending enough to please the cocktail nerds.

But that brings me to the things I don't like about Mix Shake Stir:
I tried a few recipes out of it, including the East Side Negroni, which takes the standard Negroni and adds Grand Marnier and a few dashes of orange water. It's good. I can't say it's better than the original, but the addition of orange works well with the Campari. Here's what you do. Mix together
Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Add an orange twist.

The Negroni is well-served by the additions, and it's the orange water nose that really shines through. Along with the orange twist, it fools the imbiber into thinking that this drink will be sweet when it's really quite bitter.

Overall, this is a great book, and for $12, it can't be beat. In fact, I'm planning an Oscar Awards party this Sunday, and nearly all of my champagne cocktail drinks are coming from Mix Shake Stir. That's saying something.