Dive Bar Release Party

Sanctuaria Bar Manager Matt Seiter Talks New Cocktail Book Before Tonight’s Release Party

By Liz Miller Mon., Dec. 10 2012 at 7:00 AM

Last month, Gut Check spoke withSanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) bar manager Matt Seiter about his upcoming cocktail book The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time based the restaurant’s on drink menu. The book’s official release date is Tuesday, December 11, with a book-release party, “Cocktails by Candlelight,” scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria.

Curious to learn more about the cocktail book, recipes therein and book release party, we caught up with Seiter.

What inspired you to write a cocktail book based on Sancutaria’s drink menu?
I’ve always wanted to write a book. It wasn’t until I got the job at Sanctuaria and developed the Cocktail Club that I had content I was eager to write about.

Any challenges throughout the process?
Too many to mention all of them. Time and patience were the hardest to overcome, more so patience.

What can readers expect from the book? How many drink recipes are included?
There’s over 150 recipes in the book. Readers can expect all those recipes, how to make them, and more. I give away (well, sell away) a majority of our house-made ingredient recipes, tips/tricks we use behind our bar daily, stories and anecdotes for all of our own creations and a bibliography for every classic cocktail on the menu.


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