Author(s): Michael Butt
You have in your hands 50 recipes for the finest drinks you can down in one mouthful. In bars up and down the country there'll be someone forcing the rest of their party to endure the experience of a rancid shot of cheap tequila or attempt to keep down some cut-price concoction. We've all been there, and felt the effect the following morning, but shots (drinks made from only alcoholic ingredients and designed to be consumed in one) and shooters (drinks consisting of both spirit and non-alcoholic ingredients that can be downed in one) don't always have to be a punishment. With some good quality ingredients they can actually be something to enjoy rather than to make you retch. Shots and Shooters explains 50 different ways to down a small amount of booze...fast - from elborate, eye-catching creations through to tasty combinations that can be mixed in seconds - ensuring your party gets started in the best way possible. There is also a section on classic shorts, examining the traditions and rituals associated with drinking neat spirits like absinthe, tequila and bourbon. Of course, it wouldn't be right to have all this pleasure without a bit of pain, so also included are a few cheeky recipes that can be used as forfeits for some of the unique and inventive drinking games also supplied in the last chapter.
Michael Butt began his career working as a bartender at some of London's finest cocktail bars before setting up Soulshakers, a London-based drinks consultancy firm responsible for the cocktail menus at some of the city's best bars and restaurants. He also organises bars for the UK's biggest music festivals, such as Glastonbury and Reading, and is a brand consultant for the international drinks companies Southern Comfort, Red Bull, Jack Daniels, Campari and Finlandia Vodka.