"My Another Boy" is a DIY adventure guide to the world of cocktails

“My Another Boy” is a DIY adventure guide to the world of cocktails

J.M. Hirsch is a cookbook author, managing editor of Milk Street, and the most well-traveled person I’ve known. In the past five or six years, he’s taken his love of drinking to a new level. This path led him to become a mixologist and beverage creator with a no-nonsense style that reflects his practical and frugal roots in New England as well as his extensive nutritional background.

He did not set out to become an author of cocktail books, but he said to me, “I of course started—as you do all things—with the old fashioned. I graduated in Manhattan and then it went on from there until I collected 20-30 cocktails that I loved,” Hirsch recalled.

These cocktails and more became part of his first cocktail book, Breed eliminated: make cocktails at home. The book’s point of view was different from most drink books because Hirsch made cocktails from the chef’s point of view. For example, he found that if he added two or three grains (more or less) of kosher salt to a drink, it would change the taste and balance flavors much in the same way that salt balances the flavors in a recipe.

In practice, he rarely advocates for a particular brand and doesn’t make drinks with a lot of ‘crafty’ esoteric ingredients unless they really make a difference. His philosophy is to use “common, accessible ingredients to make great cocktails at home”.

The reason I mentioned his first book as an introduction to his new book is because it is a continuation of his clever approach to drinking.

in Sonny Another: 250 ways to find your favorite drinkHe created Flavor Maps to guide people and help them find other cocktails they (likely) like.

Hirsch says, “Start with what you know and find out what you love.”

This means his book and flavor maps will help you decide which cocktails you might not try, based on what you already know you like. When I asked him what he hoped people would get from the new book, he said he “hopes people explore spirits and cocktails they would otherwise miss.”

This is a great concept [book] Deciding on your favorite cocktail and then taking off in new directions can easily be overwhelming. Although JM is the very direct person he is, he approached this highly concept cocktail book in a very direct manner, and it is very easy to navigate.

“It’s your choice of adventure guide to the world of cocktails,” says Hirsch.

He explains, “Each chapter focuses on one drink and begins with the most unique cocktail. Tequila Margarita. Gin and tonic. Rum Daiquiri. Vodka Martini. Old Bourbon. From each of these signature drinks, each chapter explores 50 iterations…and discovering the many and varied ways in which they can That each drink expresses itself.”

JM and I share an old-fashioned love. And if you look in the bourbon chapter, there are many examples of drinks that relate to this old believer but are new. I’ve never heard of a Mexican vintage, but now I can’t wait to make one. It’s simple – my favorite type of cocktail – made with tequila reposado, crème de cacao, and orange bitter. Or the bijoux which he describes as “the brightest old fashioned” even though it’s made with gin, green chartreuse, angostura bitters, a few grains of kosher salt and orange myrrh.

Margins are an important part of a well illustrated book and are well done. Like JM, there isn’t a lot of “fluff” here. They’re equal parts stories, cocktail history, and taste descriptions written in language that convey how the drink will taste before you choose to make it.

As great as the headlines are, my favorite ingredient in the book is the sidebar in every recipe. The sidebar is designed as a circle and reminds me of a spotlight that makes sense as it “highlights” the different cocktails in the book related to the recipe. The sidebar on the page with the old recipe is what led me to discover Old Fashioned Mexican and Peugeot. I also listed six other cocktails most of which were new to me which tells me I need to get out of my cocktail!

If you’re like me and drink the same drinks all the time, it’s time to open Another boy Use it as a roadmap to discover something new and delicious.

Who knows, I might find that I like one of these cocktails better than the old fashioned. In fact, this is exactly what happened to JM when he tested the Vieux Carre and it is now his favorite cocktail!

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Recipe adapted from Pour Me Other, by JM Hirsch

1 ounce rye

1 ounce cognac

1 ounce candy vermouth

¾ oz Benedictine

Dash Angostura Bitter

Bitter Dash Peychaud

ice Cube

In a stirring glass, combine the rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, both. Stir with ice cubes, then strain into a cup.

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