Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Squid Mixes: Hanky Panky
3-Ingredient Cocktails has a beautifully simple premise. Simonson asserts that the best cocktails are based on an old-fashioned formula: base liquor, sweetener and bitter. Ice and garnishes don't count against the three ingredients. It's a stunning book with exquisite photography. Simonsen also provides lots of cocktail history, unfortunately not always accurate. He mistakenly listed the inventor of the Hanky Panky as Ada Calhoun. We certainly enjoyed the drink.
However, I was hoping for a book that emphasized simple ingredients as well as simple recipes. Frenet Branca is a little on the exotic side. It was only by luck that we had a bottle in the cabinet. He even occasionally goes so far as to list specific brands. I'm not above substituting, of course, and the book might provide inspiration when we are inclined to explore above the lower middle shelves at the liquor store. I was just expecting something different.