International publishing house, Phaidon has announced that The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London, and the bar’s Master Mixologist Agostino Perrone, are releasing a new cocktail in April.
Taking readers behind the curtain at one of the world’s most iconic watering holes, the book will present 100 elegant cocktails, with clear instructions on how to recreate both contemporary and timeless classic drinks at home.
The Connaught Bar: Recipes and Iconic Creations opens with The Connaught Martini, followed by simple and timeless cocktails like the rich and fruity Ristretto Manhattan or the sour Cheek to Cheek, or complex creations such as the dry and aromatic Number 11. The book also includes 12 non-alcoholic cocktails.
Perrone, who has led the bar for over twenty years and earned numerous awards including World’s Best Bartender and Hotel Bar from Tales of the Cocktail, created the book with co-authors Maura Milia (Connaught Bar Manager) and Giorgio Bargiani (Assistant Director of Mixology, who received this year’s International Bartender of the Year award at Tales of the Cocktail).
Each drink is influenced by the team’s travels around the globe – featuring ingredients such as corn-based chicha morada from Peru, amaro liqueur from Italy, and plum wine from Japan. The book also features a foreword by legendary chef Massimo Bottura, celebrating the flavors, methodologies, and expertise behind the Connaught Bar’s world-renowned drinks.
Alongside expert guidance for essential bar tools, glassware, and spirits, there are 120 additional recipes for homemade syrups, infused spirits, and garnishes that Perrone and his team use to make their signature celebrated drinks. Each cocktail recipe is introduced with a narrative from Perrone about the inspiration and ingredients, plus icons to indicate difficulty and alcohol levels.
The Connaught Bar distils the meticulous elegance behind one of the world’s finest bars into one exceptional book. With Perrone and his team as guides, readers will be able to elevate their cocktail making at home, for every occasion, to a fine art.