About the author
Michael Butt began his career working as a bartender at some of London’s finest cocktail bars before setting up Soulshakers, a London-based drinks consultancy firm responsible for the cocktail menus at some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, including Meat Liquor, Quo Vadis, and Mahiki. He also organizes bars for the UK’s biggest music festivals, such as Glastonbury and Reading Festival, and is a brand consultant for the international drinks companies Southern Comfort, Red Bull, Jack Daniels, Campari, and Finlandia Vodka. The author is based in London, UK.
Gin, Vodka, Rum, and Tequila—four clear spirits, each with their own unique characteristics that, when combined with a squirt of lime, a splash of fresh lemon juice, or a jigger of vermouth, can create a whole host of cocktails to tickle the tastebuds. White Spirits takes these bottles, plus a few other examples of clear hooch, and provides recipes that allow you to make 100 cocktails with just a few extra ingredients such as fruit juices, sugar, or a dash of bitters. By keeping things uncomplicated, the need to go out and buy ten different ingredients is avoided, slashing the cost of making quality cocktails. Readers will be surprised by how easy it is to make drinks with completely different flavor profiles by doing something as straightforward as replacing one spirit with another. Also included is an introductory chapter that takes you on a trip through the history of hard liquor and cocktails, then provides the home mixologist with a detailed description of the equipment needed to set up your home bar, plus a few hacks and tricks to help you save money along the way.