It is finally here! My new book, Sips & Apps hit stores this week and I could not be more excited! I’ve always had a passion for cocktails and have been applying my culinary knowledge to the bar for years. Sips & Apps has been such a fun book to create from start to finish because it combines two of my deepest passions.
With more than 100 recipes (69 cocktail and 35 appetizer, plus an array of variations, sours, and purees), as well as more than 60 color photographs to guide and inspire, I created this book for all skill levels. For your next dinner party wow your guests with a Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop (recipe below) or a Cucumber Elderflower Fizz. Throw a vintage cocktail party and revisit the classics with a Peach 75 or a Dubious Manhattan. Serve an icy pitcher of Berrylicious Sangria at your next poolside barbecue. Tantalizing finger foods such as Croque Monsieur Puffs and Fennel-Roasted Walnuts, expertly paired with just the right cocktail, will make yours the happiest happy hour.
I’ve included a bar-basics section, insider tips and techniques, recipes for infused syrups, original garnishes, and fresh fruit purees, as well as some nifty extras (like a double ribbon marker labeled “sips” and “apps”) to create a great guide for both home cocktail “chefs” and bar professionals alike. I hope you enjoy my new book, Sips & Apps.
Sips & Apps can be purchased at the following locations, as well as signed copies through my website.
Barnes & Noble Seattle locations
Sur La Table
Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop
I created this cocktail for my dear friends Michelle and Don’s wedding reception in Tuscany. To this day, I can picture everyone standing on the villa lawn enjoying their drinks—heels kicked off, ties loosened, and laughter fading into the Tuscan sunset.
Makes 1 drink
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce limoncello
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Fresh rosemary sprig
Rim a large martini glass with rosemary sugar, and set aside.
Bend 1 rosemary sprig and drop into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka, limoncello, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into the sugar-rimmed glass. Float a rosemary sprig in the drink for garnish.
Makes 1 cup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped
1 cup superfine or baker’s sugar
Mix the rosemary and sugar together, and spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet. Set in a warm dry place for about 4 days, until the rosemary is completely dried. Process in a food processor or spice grinder until finely ground. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to one month at room temperature.
This is a bar staple and the most commonly used sweetener. Though you can purchase simple syrup, it is ordinarily sweeter than I prefer, so I highly recommend making your own. Proportions vary but it is easy.
Makes 3 cups
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Mix the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil 1 minute then immediately remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature before using. Store in a clean glass bottle or container, at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks or, refrigerated, for up to 3 months.
Tip: If you don’t have limoncello, then increase the lemon juice and simple syrup to 3/4 ounce each.
Recipe from Sips & Apps, © 2009 by Kathy Casey, Photography by Angie Norwood Browne, reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books