The New Cocktail Hour Book Release
In a few weeks, the basil will be abundant. You’ll spend your day at work dreaming of fresh mozzarella, of compact goat cheeses that can be eaten in one sitting, like a petit fillet. May I present a lovely combination – a Gin Basil Smash with a gooey Cremont?
Today, I am celebrating the official release of The New Cocktail Hour, a book I spent two years writing with my brother André. We have been anticipating this day for a long time!
André lives in Wisconsin, which means we spent a lot of time on Skype — shakers in hand, notebooks open on our respective tables — in order to write this book.
The Gin Basil Smash is one of our favorite drinks. Fresh basil, muddled in the glass, gets a hit of lemon, a splash of simple syrup, and a shot or two of gin.
Summer rises from the glass.
The smell of citrus surrounds you.
Herbaceous gin leans in.
It’s a slow dance.
Over the weekend, I tested out an interactive Gin Basil Smash party with a bunch of friends.
My friend Mike Geno, who paints the most beautiful cheese portraits, hosted the event at his studio.
It was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again.
If you are yearning for summer, may I suggest you throw your cares to the wind and host a Gin Basil Smash Party? Forget cleaning your house this weekend. Let the shoes pile up by the door. Don’t scrub the tub. Let the dishes sit in the sink, as long as you have a few clean cups.
Grab some lemons, some basil, and a bottle of gin. Pick up a few spring goat cheeses and a baguette or two. Then, make a little simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water), and let the smashin’ begin.
It’s quite cathartic. And your house will smell like freshness itself.
The Gin Basil Smash is just one of the drinks in The New Cocktail Hour.
If you’d like a book plate signed by my brother André and me (shown below), just drop me a line. I’d love to send you one in the mail. Just email me: email@example.com.
If you’re a retailer interested in carrying this book, please email: katie.gallagher@perseusbooks.
Want to join me for a cocktail? Check out my Book Events Page. Big tasting this weekend!
Huge thanks to those who donated cheese and drink to Saturday’s smash: to Dean Brown at Rowhouse Spirits, to Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm, to Betsy at Vermont Creamery, and to Mike Geno who spiffed up his studio and invited me in to get his floors sticky!