New E-Cookbook Announcement: Stewards of Spirits

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sweet lordy, I've been gone a while. But I have reasons. Good reasons. Swearsies.

I've been working on a cookbook. An e-cookbook. And by "I," I actually mean "we." We is me and my partner-slash-phtographer in this cookbook, Callista Polhemus. She's a food photographer here in Sacramento with a varied background in public relations and marketing for some of the best restaurants ever.

So what is the e-cookbook?

Well, if the image above didn't tip you off, it's on cocktails. However, that would be a bit too narrow, too simple a description.

The e-cookbook is titled, Stewards of Spirits: A Collection of Sacramento Cocktails and the People Who Make Them. So it's not so much an e-cookbook, as a collection of profiles of epic Sacramento bartenders, their stories, and the cocktails that they feel define them best.

You see, the Sacramento cocktail scene is experiencing a homegrown renaissance. Our bartenders are enthusiastic, thoughtful, intelligent, and get along well. Simultaneously, home bars are growing increasingly complex and sophisticated. Even better is that everyone is on board from niche-gin sipping novices to master distillers and champion cocktail crafters.

Sacramento’s welcoming and cheerful cocktail culture is ready to imbibe.

And though it might just be Callista and I who think this (though we doubt it), the home cocktail enthusiast wants to further connect with the craft cocktails and their creators on a more visceral level. They want to engage with bartenders, learn the tricks of their trade, and maybe shake-n-stir their favorites drinks at home. Stewards of Spirits: A Collection of Sacramento Cocktails and the People Who Make Them, will do just that.

Stewards of Spirits will be an e-cookbook collection of Sacramento’s finest cocktails from the region’s top professional bartenders, distillers, and brewers. Each recipe will detail the drink, profile its origins and creators, and provide fascinating information about the spirits and methods used. We plan to include plenty of gorgeous, chic photographs of the bartenders and the drinks.

The best part? The book will be made available for free download. In return, we ask our imbibers to consider making a recommended donation of $10 (the cost of a cocktail!) to the Food Literacy Center, a Sacramento non-profit that focuses on nutrition education throughout California.

The book will be released in August 2016 during Sacramento Cocktail Week and will feature around 25 recipes, and 50 color photographs.

I do hope you're as excited as I am.



P.S., My first cookbook, co-authored with Stephanie Stiavetti, Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, is coming out in paperback on February 9th! Pre-order your copy today!


  1. As a Sacramento resident recently celebrating my 1 year anniversary of moving here, this is super exciting! Any plans to do a hard copy of the book? I can think of a few people that this would be a fun gift to give to.

    1. So far we're just planning on an e-version of the book, but we have hopes that a publisher might like what they see. =)

  2. Such a cool project! Can't wait to shake-n-stir :) August seems so far away ...

  3. That's exciting, Garrett! I'm signed up to attend IFBC again and hoping I can still make it down to Sacramento. If I do, I'll know who to ask about cocktails!

  4. Super celery excited about this one! Thanks so much for supporting Food Literacy Center!

  5. As a fellow Sacramentan (and cocktail lover) I am excited about the new "book"! And I have been drooling over your instagram pics. :) If you haven't already, be sure to try the Krakow Salt Mine at Red Rabbit. DEEEELISH!!

    1. We already visited RR and got an excellent recipe from them! ;)

  6. I was at the Melt book launch and enjoy my autographed copy. Since you mentioned it, I wanted you to know that I (and my family) have enjoyed every recipe that I've made from it.

    Have a great day!

  7. Oooh, I bet "researching" all the drinks and bars can only be a fun thing! I'm one who's totally into unique and homegrown cocktails, so I can't wait to see what you highlight!


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