A tribute to the spirits and drinking traditions of the South through a leading barwoman's glass, with 80 recipes and photos.
IACP AWARD WINNER
Craft cocktail maven Alba Huerta succinctly tells the story of drinking in the South through themes such as "Trading with the Enemy," "the Rural South," "the Drinking Society," "the Saltwater South," and others that anchor the menu at her destination bar, Julep. With historical overviews, 15 bar snack recipes, and 65 bespoke cocktail recipes, ranging from the iconic Mint Julep (and variations such as Rye Julep and Sparkling Julep) to modern inventions like the Snakebit Sprout, Liquid Currency, and Hot July, Huerta recounts the tales and traditions that define drinking culture in the American South today. Approximately 80 evocative cocktail and location photographs convey the romance and style that distinguish Julep and serve to inspire beverage enthusiasts to relive Southern history via the bar cart.
About the Author
ALBA HUERTA is the owner of Julep and co-owner of The Pastry War, both nationally recognized craft cocktail bars in Houston. Huerta was named bartender of the year by Imbibe! in 2013 and one of the top ten mixologists by Food & Wine and best bartender in Texas by Texas Monthly in 2015. Bon Appetit selected Julep as one of the best new U.S. bars in 2015. Huerta serves on the board of the Southern Foodways Alliance, is a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among other publications.
"Alba Huerta's ode to bourbon, mint, and crushed ice (my three favorite things) is Southern hospitality at its finest." --Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appetit
"Heavy on the Southern storytelling and even heavier on the bourbon, Huerta's book is a history of drinking in the states where the sun always shines." --ESQUIRE
“It’s an ideal way to add Southern hospitality to a home bar.” --EATER