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Book Review: A Spot at the Bar by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young

A Spot at the Bar, or Welcome to the Everleigh, The Art of Drinking in 300 recipes by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young is a new hardback about to be released in November.

A Spot at the Bar

Michael Madrusan is the founder of The Everleigh and The Elk Room. After bartending in London and New York including New York’s Milk & Honey, Little Branch and PDT, he returned to Australia to open the country’s first and only outpost of the Milk & Honey family. He later opened Heartbreaker in Melbourne and The Everleigh Bottling Co in 2015. Zara Young, with a background in immersive events and the relationship between hospitality and the arts industry, left London in 2013 and began working with Michael on the growth and development of The Everleigh family.

The recipes are divided into categories rather than spirit types: Aperitif Hour, Beer, Wine, Savoury Drinks, Bartender’s Choice, Digestifs, Nightcaps and The Morning After. Simply choose the type of drink you’re in the mood for and peruse the recipes. With home entertaining and cocktails at home becoming a growing trend, you’ll find The Everleigh at Home, a section dedicated to hosting a cocktail party most useful with tips on social etiquette, light food and making punches for a crowd.

While the book comes with generic photographs and beautiful vintage cards with hand-written cocktail recipes, you won’t find photographs of the cocktails to accompany the recipes aside from the odd image like the one on the book cover above.

If you’re into making cocktails at home or simply into cocktail culture, you’d want to own a copy of the book. The cocktail ingredients are easy to come by, the spirits are not brand-focussed, the measurements come in both metric and imperial, and the instructions are simple and easy to follow. If you’ve been to The Everleigh in Melbourne, A Spot at the Bar is an extension of that experience.

A Spot at the Bar by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young is published by Hardie Grant Books and is available from 1 November 2016 at RRP $45.

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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