Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars by Matt Seiter
(Nectar Media Group) I have to tell you, that I love spiral bound cocktail recipe books. This one goes a step further by having all the pages in a custom ring binder. Kind of like those recipe of the month card sets you used to be able to subscribe to in the 1980′s. Lest you turn your attention elsewhere based on this fact, let me say here that this book is on a par with Jim Meehan’s PDT Cocktail Book and Dale DeGroff’s Craft of the Cocktail. Although it may seem like a novelty, the way this book is designed, is pure genius. Imagine if you will, that you want to try a new cocktail. Simply open this book and see what recipe you land on. No need to prop the book open, it lays there in all of its glory for you to see. A full color picture, the recipe details, and the story behind the drink. Oh, did I mention that all of the recipes hail from a single bar in St. Louis? What sets these drinks apart from the crowd is that most of them call for specific brands of spirits, many of which are micro-distilled and craft-made. That’s not to say that they are obscure, simply not owned by the major players in the spirits industry. A fun read, as well as a fantastic source of new recipes, this is a must have for cocktail enthusiasts!
GSN Rating: A