In his book, The Signature Series, mixologist Erik G. Ossimina (E.G.O.), a.k.a. Sauve, proclaims that his real interest is in helping readers make memories, not in making them euphoric with spirits. The Signature Series offers serious drinkers a selection of diverse and, in many cases, unusual cocktails to include in special occasions. Ossimina contends this will “show future generations the importance of having great times with family and friends,” and he urges the reader to pass down the memories and stories of which these cocktail creations become a part.
But therein lies the rub. Aside from the author’s account in his Introduction of how he came to write the book, he shares no vignettes, stories, or personal memories related to any of the drinks other than his original signature drink, The Jackhammer. Yet, his concept of making family memories, even if he and his family are uncomfortable with public scrutiny, would seem to compel him to include at least a smattering of personal recollections. And the intriguing assortment of names given by Ossimina or others is ripe for storytelling!
Aside from the book’s absence of a personality created by storytelling, technically it is straightforward and thorough. The author clearly identifies the required spirits, mixers, garnishes, glassware, and bar tools needed to create the beverages in The Signature Series. He encourages brand substitutes and omission of specified ingredients in the event an item is not readily available or simply not obtainable. Nearly all drinks included are for seasoned drinkers. For example, the drink that started it all, Ossimina’s Jackhammer, calls for both 1½ oz. of Jack Daniels and 1½ oz. of Absolut Vodka. For those who do not drink spirits, there are eight “courtesy” non-alcoholic recipes to supplement the series.