Hidden within the back pages of The Nomad Cookbook (October 2015, Ten Speed Press) is The Nomad Cocktail Book. It's a modern reference guide and compendium of nearly 200 of the acclaimed bar's most innovative drinks. Leo Robitschek, The Nomad's self-taught cocktail guru, shares five pieces of wisdom that any home mixologist should know.
1. Squeeze a lemon rind over a flame. It's not just for theatrics—flaming a twist caramelizes the citrus oils to contribute to the drink's flavor and aroma, but it only works if done over the glass.
2. Dry off mallet-crushed ice to avoid diluting a drink. The best way to remove excess moisture: Pat the ice with a paper towel or give it a few quick rotations in a salad spinner.