I named a freakin’ book

… and you should buy it.

Okay, okay – so what if I’m strutting like I’m Cock of the Roost, King of the Hill, Lord Muck … I’m acting as if I’ve actually written a book, instead of just naming one.

Forgive me this moment of joy as the book in question is all about whisk(e)y cocktails, a subject you know I love, and is written by Jesse Estes, who I also think very highly of.

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From Dram to Manhattan is published by Ryland Peters & Small and the press suggests you “shake, stir, and mix your way to whiskey and bourbon connoisseur status with award-winning bartender Jesse Estes as he demonstrates how to tame these fiery spirits in 40 delicious cocktail recipes.”

It’s not wrong. Just a quick flick though some the hard-backed 64 pages and you’ll find a mixture of classics like Blood and Sand (one of my faves), to drinks like the Cereal Milk Punch, which just makes me want to start drinking in the morning. When I say it’s surprising detailed for such a tidy volume, I mean it. Folks it has 12 pages dedicated to Manhattans (and their ilk) alone. This book is no slouch.

So, who should read Jesse’s book? I think it’s best placed in the hand of the cocktail enthusiast – be they starting off making drinks at home, looking to up their game, or for the more experienced cocktailian who wants a small but detailed pocket book of inspiration and reminder close to hand.

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From Dram to Manhattan: Around the world in 40 whisky cocktails from Scotch to Bourbon is available on Amazon.


All you ever need to know about tequila – Drinks Galore Meet The Maker Series

Mark gets in-depth on tequila and mezcal with Tequila Ocho’s Jesse Estes. A Drinks Galore interview.

What actually is tequila? How is it made? What is mezcal and what’s the difference? How can you tell if your tequila is 100% agave and why does this matter? And what’s with this worm thing anyway?

Find out all you ever wanted to know about how agave spirits are made, and what makes one of the most misunderstood spirits seem much more enjoyable and alluring in this video interview.

Filmed in January 2015 at El Nivel in London by the visual and audio magicians Alex Blogg and Olly Burton.

Meet The Maker series: Mark interviews Alexandre Gabriel from Cognac Ferrand, Citadelle Gin & Plantation Rum

“Taste, with the capital letters … It’s not drinking to get drunk, it’s not drinking to look cool. It’s drinking for pleasure.”

Mark speaks to Alexandre Gabriel, President of Cognac Ferrand (creator of Citadelle Gin and Plantation Rum) about life, drinks and everything in between.

“You can rebuild the world with a bottle of rum until 2 in the morning … ”

Filmed at London’s Oxo Tower by the fantastic Alex Blogg

Drinks Galore – Meet The Maker Series – Mark gets in depth on gin with Plymouth Gin’s Master Distiller Sean Harrison

A few weeks ago I got in-depth on gin and more with Plymouth Gin’s Master Distiller Sean Harrison.

What is Navy Strength gin? Why does this former Navy man drink gin without garnish? Did he always dream of running a distillery, and what does a master distiller actually do with his time?

Find out all you ever wanted to know about how gin is made, and what makes one of the oldest gins so distinct, in this video interview.