As you flipped through this year's Readers' Choice Best of Boise winners, you probably noticed a trend in the Dining and Nightlife categories. Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House totally killed. The Eighth Street local-foods-focused restaurants swept up with six awards, including Best Local Martini, Best Place for Cocktails and Best Local Bartender.
It's no surprise, then, that the cocktail gods recently released the second edition of their boozy Bible: The Red Feather and Bittercreek Drinkbook. The recipe collection features a cocktail timeline dating back to 2000, when Bittercreek first introduced distilled spirits to their drink menu. The timeline twists through 2002's complicated Edison Goombay Smash with Appleton Gold, Gosling's Dark, lime, pineapple, coconut cream, Cointreau and Angostura bitters to 2009's Rye Knot with Old Overholt Rye, honey cordial, lemon, chili-infused Peychaud's and Fernet-Branca.
The Drinkbook progresses into drinks inspired by places--West Coast, classic American and far away places. Then it moves into a section on "In-flight Upgrades," which offers ways to cut costs or up the price on three cocktails--Paradise in Naranja, Brandy Daisy and The Sazerac.
The book also features a table that charts the evolution of cocktails from "radiant species" to "native polymorphism," before finishing off with a list of May Martini Mix-Off winners and losers and a page of guilty-pleasure dessert martinis.
So if you want to sample the Best of Boise cocktails without changing out of your sweatpants--and are willing to learn how to properly slap mint and invest some serious coin into infused bitters--then pick up a copy of the of The Red Feather and Bittercreek Drinkbook for free at Red Feather Lounge.