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Sanctuaria bartender Matt Seiter launches cocktail book this week

December 10th 01:12pm, 2012

Area bartenders continue to shake things up. Last Friday, The Scoop announced that Ted Kilgore was opening a cocktail bar in Lafayette Square. This week, the drinker’s delight is the launch of Matt Seiter’s cocktail book, Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars.

Seiter is the bar manager for Sanctuaria, a restaurant and bar located in The Grove that has developed a reputation for outstanding cocktails. In the first part of the book, Seiter offers background information about the beverage program he developed at Sanctuaria, from the spirits that the bar team uses to the creation of the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club to the 150-drink menu created specifically for that club. The remainder of the book is comprised of recipes, which are divided into three sections. The first section, Libations of Our Creation, features 70 original cocktail recipes. The middle section, Old Timers, is made up of 80 classic drink recipes. And the final section, Home Cooking, includes handfuls of recipes for making juices, infusing spirits and preparing tinctures and other ingredients to outfit a craft cocktail bar.



Seiter’s writing (and some of the boozer quotes he includes) is lively and engaging while photography by Jacqui Segura, Jenna Elizabeth Grissom and Egan O’Keefe brings the 250-page book to life. And since each of the 150 cocktail recipes are accompanied by a photo – such as Kentucky Island and Cinco de Punto (pictured, from left to right)  – when preparing a cocktail, you can use the images to help judge whether your finished version looks anything near as good as Seiter’s.

The hardcover book with a three-ring binder design will be available for purchase at Sanctuaria and online at sanctuariastl.com for $25 plus tax beginning Tuesday, December 11. However, if you can’t wait until tomorrow, a few tickets remain for the release party at Sanctuaria, which begins tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets ($45 for Sanctuaria Cocktail Club members, $50 for non-members) include a copy of the book, plus all you can eat and drink. For ticket information, call 314.535.9700.

Commentary: I first began writing about Seiter (pictured with his parents Kathy and Bill Seiter) in 2010. As the spirits columnist for Sauce, I consider Matt Seiter to be an integral component to the craft cocktail movement in St. Louis. He co-founded the St. Louis Chapter of the United States Bartender Guild and adheres to a philosophy that bartending is a noble profession. In creating the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club, he’s found a way to apply his love of teaching to the world of drinking by encouraging – never demanding – hundreds of imbibers to become educated while they whet their whistle. I am honored that Seiter mentioned me in his book as “The first public figure to notice what I was doing and recognize the ingenuity of it. She helped propel my career in ways I couldn’t.” Seiter is one of a number of the talented bartenders in this community that make it exciting to stay on this beat.

 

By Ligaya Figueras

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