‘Savory Cocktails’ is that and more

By From page B4 | April 09, 2014

Savory CocktailsBook: “Savory Cocktails”

Author: Greg Henry

Publisher: Ulysses Press,  August 2013, softcover, 144 pages, available from Ulysses Press

Cost: $16.95

Weary of the same old margaritas or rum and Cokes?

Why does every cocktail seem to be sweet?

Greg Henry’s “Savory Cocktails” will shake up your taste buds and your entertainment status quo with cocktails that are sour, spicy, herbal, bitter, smoky, rich, strong, or even umami.

Henry’s cornucopia of recipes includes sections on the proper equipment and best glassware for bringing out the flavor of each beverage.

Some of the cocktails require special syrups and Henry includes the easy to make directions as well as those for garnishes like dill and lemon meringue.

The cocktails themselves have names that will delight: Green Gargoyle, Dog’s Nose, Better With Bacon, Dead Glamour, This Feeling of Joy and Cool and Starry, to name a few.

With gorgeous color photographs throughout the book, readers will want to try every cocktail they see but be sure to read the text.

Henry not only describes each cocktail and gives directions to make it but his notes on how he obtained the recipe and his adventures along the way are witty and interesting.

Explore the intense flavor of umami with Silk and Gators or a Pork and Beans cocktail with bourbon, coffee liquor and Ms. Piggy Peppercorn Bacon Bitter. Smoky cocktails like The Long Goodbye with herbal lemon syrup and mezcal blanco or The Chaparral with pink grapefruit and sage will linger on your palate while rich cocktails like The Guayabera or the Amaro Flip are like a meal in themselves.

Henry, author of “Savory Pies” and the food blog “Sippity Sup — Serious Fun Food,” is a professional photographer and has been featured in Food & Wine magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Today Show Online and Saveur’s Best of the Web.

Are you brave enough to try a spicy Thai Bird Chili Kamikaze or the herbal To Hell With Spain No. 2?

After a trip through “Savory Cocktails” your now adventurous palate won’t want a plain old margarita ever again.

“Savory Cocktails” is available from Ulysses Press at for $16.95.

Wendy Schultz

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