The Vodka 1000 is one of a series of books, others including rum and tequila, written by Ray Foley, the editor of Bartender Magazine and a bartender himself with over 30 years of experience. He’s written several other books about spirits and cocktails, and works as a consultant to various distillers. He also has one of the largest collections of cocktail books in the world. He clearly knows his booze, then.
The Vodka 1000 claims to be ‘The Ultimate Collection of Vodka Cocktails, Recipes, Facts and Resources’. What does The Vodka Guy think, then? Well, the index alone is impressive. It runs to 28 pages, from an A-Bomb vodka cocktail recipe through to Zubowka Voka, under the Vodka Production Facts section.
Actually, that’s one section that wouldn’t be missed, as all it features is just over two pages of 50 Vodka Production Facts, which are merely one-line statements, like ‘Smirnoff Vodka is produced in the United States’ and ‘Trump Vodka is distilled at the Wanders Distillery in Holland’. Well, not any more it isn’t, as the book was published way back in 2007, though it is still available on Amazon and elsewhere.
The fact that the book is dated is one drawback. At the back there are listed 100 vodka-related websites, and several of the ones I tried are no longer around.
Is the book worth buying? At its cover price of $19.99 for a paperback, it’s on the pricey side. However, you can buy second-hand copies very cheaply, so I’d opt for one of those if you’re interested in its best sections – vodka cocktail recipes and recipes for cooking with vodka. Don’t forget to check out my other vodka book reviews.
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