Cocktail Hour with the Creators of The Aviary Cocktail Book

Allen and Sarah Hemberger are the creators behind the Kickstarter-funded Aviary Cocktail Book, an artful guide to making the celebrated Chicago bar's elaborate beverages at home. This week, Allen shares a recipe for The Aviary's Green Thumb cocktail and talks about the people, publications, and design blogs that inspire him.

How to make The Aviary's Green Thumb

Five publications that inspired The Aviary Cocktail Book

Cereal magazine
Good design and good cooking both involve knowing how to exercise restraint. This magazine is beautiful, elegant, and not too cluttered.

Any of Thomas Keller's cookbooks
It's clear that Chef Keller's team isn't just copy-pasting kitchen recipes — they're restructuring each one to make it more accessible. His books set a new bar for usefulness.

Quay: Food Inspired by Nature by Peter Gilmore
This is my and Sarah's favorite cookbook. It's aspirational in every regard: the photography is beautiful, the heft and size is perfect, and the production values are incredible.

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
Which of the following is the proper way to describe a measurement: ½ oz, 0.5 oz, 0.5 oz., or 0.5 ounce? This book helps us turn a critical eye toward even the most subtle typographic decisions.

Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking by Andoni Luis Aduriz
My second-favorite cookbook. The photography is wonderfully disorienting.

From The Aviary Cocktail Book

From The Aviary Cocktail Book

Four Kickstarter creators (and creations) we love

GIR (Get It Right): GIR Spatula
I own almost everything GIR makes. It's all well-made, thoughtfully designed, and aesthetically pleasing.

Martin Kastner: The Porthole
Kickstarter helped our friend Martin Kastner bring his beautiful cocktail infusion vessel from the bar at The Aviary to the homes of thousands. It also allowed him to upgrade his design studio and further his reach and capabilities as an artist.

Lisa Q. Fetterman: Nomiku and Scott Heimendinger: Sansaire
Immersion circulators used to cost thousands of dollars, which put them well out of the reach of most home chefs. These two creators put a sophisticated and expensive cooking device into the hands of the consumer. 

A cocktail from The Aviary served in Martin Kastner's cocktail infusion vessel, The Porthole.

A cocktail from The Aviary served in Martin Kastner's cocktail infusion vessel, The Porthole.

An illustration Sarah is working on for The Aviary Cocktail Book.

An illustration Sarah is working on for The Aviary Cocktail Book.

 

This piece originally appeared in our Handpicked Happening newsletter, where Kickstarter creators share their recommendations for things to read, watch, and listen to. 

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