Title: World’s Best Drinks, Bundle 1: World’s Most Popular Drinks
Author: Tadio Diller
Publisher: Lean Stone Publishing
Date of Publication: 29 September 2017
“Today I’d like to sit and sip,
Forget the world a little bit,
Ignore the things I have to do
And just enjoy a cup or two”
Inspired by the English afternoon tea, Diller presents the proven steps and strategies for hosting a proper afternoon tea service just like they do on Downton Abbey. Afternoon tea is supposed to prevent lethargy, making people work more efficiently. It was first done because a noble woman felt too tired in the middle of the afternoon only to find out that it was because of not having consumed anything for a long time after breakfast. But the ritual made its way and has found its place in daily living. The book explains the difference between high tea and low tea. Amidst the thousand types of teas available it is important to choose the kind of tea. Diller elaborates on the various types such as Earl Grey tea, Assam tea, Ceylon tea, Gunpowder Green Tea, Lapsang Souchong and Darjeeling tea along with their ideal steeping times. Complementary recipes that go with the tea are quintessential to good tea parties such as sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, buns, biscuits, and cookies. The book provides a list of the ingredients along with the recipes in a cookbook format. Next comes the dos and don’ts of how and where to serve it. Choosing the right tea set depends on how many guests one will host, their budget, ease of care and maintenance. The materials used to make the tea set include glass, ceramic, porcelain or silver. The chapter on proper etiquette of conducting oneself during tea on Downton Abbey is of utmost importance and highlights oft made mistakes by newbies with regards to tea stirring and dressing up for the tea party.
If you have queries whether the milk should be poured in first or the tea or need information regarding the options available for those who like their tea black then this handy guide is your one stop destination to find out everything for serving the best brewed tea at your next in house tête-à-tête. This short and useful guide asks the reader to go and fetch all the ingredients and keep consulting the book as often as required till their tea tastes nothing less than perfect.
“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”- Raymond Chandler
Reigning in the world of drinks with a top notch reputation, whiskey is considered to be a real man’s drink. It is one of the most popular but also the most intimidating to those yet uninitiated to this world. Diller begins with the etymology of the word whiskey which is quite a snag in and of itself. But how exactly is it different from other kinds of liquor? The book elaborates the various types of whiskey such as scotch, bourbon, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey and so on that are available for consumption. It also talks about the sub types and their unique qualities. Though all whiskeys are similar they have humongous taste or flavour differences. The high alcohol content makes whiskey a rough drink on the taste buds when taken for the first time. Yet it has gained high popularity.
The section on scrutinising the whiskey is attention-grabbing as it talks about the colour, smell, taste and what exactly to look for while purchasing a bottle. The chapter on the history of whiskey is highly informative with very new and intriguing information. The ‘Whiskey Rebellion’ is one such point in stance that expounds on an event that had worked around whiskey or with whiskey as its very basis. ‘Things you may not know about whiskey’ is another highly enlightening segment which presents some hilarious, surprising and exciting facts.
Things took a sharp turn with the advent of the internet as sellers started to trade in whiskey by selling fake whiskey online. The author provides some useful tips to keep in mind while buying whiskey online. This is followed by some whiskey cocktail recipes such as Rye Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Jack and Coke, Mint Julep, Rob Roy etc. The book is a great read for connoisseurs of whiskey, those who have or want a bar in their house, those who wish to be the best hosts of cocktail parties or want to gift vintage alcohol at the next invitation they attend. It can also be read for leisure by those who do not drink, have never tasted alcohol and may never will. The book, however, does not come with any statutory warning about the (health) hazards of excessive drinking let alone excessively irresponsible drinking.
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