‘MIXING IN THE RIGHT CIRCLES’ BY BRIAN SILVA
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the first Balthazar cocktail book, penned by our very own Bar Manager, Brian Silva.
Crammed with all the drinks that have brought him and many others so much joy over the years along with a comprehensive overview of bar equipment, language and measures, not to mention glassware and garnishes this book is a must for any cocktail aficionado.
In “Mixing in the Right Circles”, Brian explores Martinis & Straight Up; Whisky, Rum & On The Rocks; Long Drinks; Margaritas etc; Balthazar Specials; Collins, Sours & Fizz; After Dinner; Disco & Retro; Morning After; Brunch, No Booze & Festive in meticulous detail.
As all those who have had the pleasure of chatting to Brian at our bar know, he’ll regale you with tales of bartenders and bars gone by, of rare spirits that he’s collected over the years, of extraordinary customers that he’s served, and of the epic bars that he’s made his own since he began in the business over 30 years ago. The word is overused in most circumstances, but in Silva’s case, it’s particularly fitting – he is a legend. His signature style of classicism and simplicity has garnered him fans the world over. His maxim in life: “I’ve always believed that the first duty of a good cocktail maker is to make good drinks: made right, tasting right – balanced.”
Silva met Balthazar’s founder Keith McNally back in October 2012, before the restaurant opened in the heart of Covent Garden in 15 February 2013. He hasn’t looked back. Balthazar’s constant buzz, non-stop footfall, rings of laughter and chatter have cemented the bar’s place at the heart of the action. Silva has spent considerable time and effort building his team, teaching them more about cocktail making and bar management, and coaching them in the art of communication.
“Mixing in the Right Circles” will be available to buy at in the restaurant and in our Boulangerie from Saturday, 26 November and will cost £20. It will also be exclusively available at Selfridges (London & Manchester) from Tuesday, 6th December.