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For many, spending $10 on an app is a hard thing to swallow. Fortunately, at least, spending those bucks on Speakeasy Cocktails eventually produces some very delicious things to swallow.
Speakeasy Cocktails is an interactive book offering numerous cocktail recipes as well as some very handy advice regarding how best to get the right effect. As someone who's a big fan of drinking cocktails but knows fairly little about making such fantastic concoctions, it educated me fast. For instance, how many people who have never bartended before know that there are a few different shakers and strainers that can be used to produce the desired effect? Or that ice isn't as simple as one would think? With different kinds of ice cube possible and different ideal methods to create these cube types, there's plenty to learn.
Luckily, Speakeasy Cocktails educates in an entertaining yet highly informative way. The app oozes high value content with over 90 minutes of HD video tutorials on offer from the experts along with much more. The early stages of the book prepare the user for creating cocktails with explanations for all the equipment that is required. Tips are steadily provided as well with interactive guided tours and even video guides to supplement the reading.
The recipes themselves comprise of 200 different types, gathered from leading cocktail bars across the world. How to video guides are provided here along with image galleries showing the splendour of the resulting creation. Recipes are divided according to their type such as gin, vodka, brandy, champagne, tequila et al. A seasonal recipes section also exists providing some ideal suggestions for Christmas based or other occasions. Each recipe is laid out in a simple manner with every key term or ingredient tappable for more explanation. A detailed history of the various types of alcohol is provided along with the history of the speakeasies of old. For the true connoisseur, an interactive map can guide them around the world to track down 44 of today's speakeasy-revival cocktail bars.
Speakeasy Cocktails provides the full package, right down to the ability to order useful items or ingredients from within the app by buying from affiliated sites. Covering everything from the basics to cocktail creation to more advanced techniques means that there's something for everyone. For the Historian, there's plenty to gaze at too making for a fascinating read as well as an ideal training course for the amateur bartender.