Book Review: Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned
First off, to clear up any early and obvious confusion, Julep is not a book about mint juleps (not entirely, anyway). Julep is a bar in Houston, Texas — a great one, at that! — that, as the subtitle for this book indicates, focuses to some degree on the cocktails of the South.
Julep is owner Alba Huerta’s story about Southern-style drinking, with personal stories interspersed among its 65 recipes. Only seven of these are juleps; many of the remaining drinks are drawn from the cocktails of New Orleans (Sazeracs, French 75, etc.). As a devotee of the South, Huerta trades briskly in bourbon but finds room for rum, gin, and just about everything else amidst the pages. A surprising number of drinks incorporate sherry or Madeira, with oddities like pamplemousse rose liqueur making the occasional appearance.
With just 65 drinks in its more than 200 pages, you’ll need to get through an awful lot of narrative — and 80 pictures — if all you’re interested in is the recipes, but Huerta’s prose is well-written and informative, and it probably wouldn’t kill you to spend a few minutes reading about what you’re drinking… after you’ve got your cocktail in hand, of course.
A- / $17 / [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]