* clink *
That's the sound of my iPad hitting my coupe glass while I'm making this Corpse Reviver #2, a Prohibition era cocktail with Absinthe, gin, and Lillet Blanc.
I'm checking out 25 Classic Cocktails
Volume 1, by All Sorts Media (disclaimer - I know the guys who made this)
, a new enhanced iBook which was just released. It is a media-rich tip of the hat to 25 of the best cocktails to come out of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, including videos, brief histories, and text instructions showing how to make them.
Check out the image below for the drinks showcased in this first volume (a second volume is scheduled for release in 2013).
Each drink has it's own page, with a quick recipe and text instructions listed on the left showing how to make it (if you just want a reference). There's also a history of the drink written. Above that, there are two separate videos - a montage of the ingredients and important steps, and an actual instructional video with a bartender teaching you how to make the drink. Under the history section is an expandable interactive image of each ingredient. Tap the ingredients for more information about each. The photos alone are pretty enough to warrant buying the book.
The videos run around 4 minutes each, and the bartender explains a little of the history of the drink first, then walks you through the creation of the cocktail. Best tools and methods are highlighted, and the camera does a good job of getting close up on important steps.
If you're a cocktail aficionado, there's some classics in here you'll know (manhattan, old fashioned, gimlet), but there's also some drinks you may be less familiar with as well (brandy crusta, east india cocktail, negroni). A perfect tool to add to your home cocktail experience.
25 Classic Cocktails
Volume 1 is available from the iBooks Store for $6.99, a great deal considering the amount of media included (50 separate videos, some great photography!). If you're into cocktails, or considering learning a little more of the history and passion that goes into them, definitely check it out. The book is also a hearty example of what all you can do with Apple's enhanced iBooks.
We've got a couple promo codes as well to give away - leave a comment with your favorite cocktail and we'll send two winners a copy of the book this week!