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American Bar: Artistry of Mixing Drinks [Hardcover]

Charles Schumann
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26 Oct 1995
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a cocktail, let world-renowned bartender Charles Schumann be your guide to mixing masterful libations. American Bar-the most authoritative cocktail book ever published-provides all the information the cocktail lover or professional bartender needs to serve up the perfect drink. Inside American Bar you'll find: Recipes for more than 500 drinks, listed alphabetically An easy-to-use drink index arranged by drink categories The fascinating history and names of leading brands of all the major cocktail components A handy guide to bartending equipment A glossary of international bar terms and measurements Illustrated with hundreds of delightful 1930s-style line drawings by Gunter Mattei, this exceptionally handsome book is an indispensable companion to home or professional entertaining.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.; Reprint edition (26 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 1558598537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558598539
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS IT!!!! 18 Jun 2001
Format:Hardcover
This is THE cocktail reference book! It is both stylish and informative; it'll look good on your shelves, and it will be of incredible use to you whether or not you are a profesional. Unlike the "Savoy Cocktail Book", the recipes are easy to understand, and the format is very user friendly -I'm not sure about his recipe for a "cardinal" though. Sadly, it lacks completely on the history of the classics. The rest of the book is dedicated to an incredibly accurate description of all the major spirits. In other words, it is like all the other books, but a lot more accurate, a lot more consise, and looks a hell of a lot better....Go get it!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 12 Oct 2000
Format:Paperback
Not a bad book, and has many cocktails of Schumann's own invention that I hadn't seen before. However, he leaves out a very large number of cocktails that all barmen should know, apparently for the reason that he doesn't personally like them - perhaps customers asking for these drinks are to be humiliated into buying something more acceptable! He also spends an inordinate amount of space at the back of the book simply listing (without really describing) ingredients. The most annoying problem with the book is the index - looking up an ingredient in the index will take you to a page in the ingredients section where you are told ...that it can be used as an ingredient! without any mention of which particular drinks it's used in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to admire and use. With detailed and illuminating descriptions of cocktail ingredients, combined with beautiful illustrations, it covers all your cocktail needs from classics to the aptly titled restorative drinks for the morning after.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
how to play "american bar"
1 pick random page
2 make and drink everything on chosen page
3 repeat in turn
the first person rendered incapable of operating the ice crusher loses, or wins, depending on how you look at it. by this point, very few people care either way.
foolish types suggest that you start with first letter of first name, and work through, but mine begins with an A, so not on your life...
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, always have it to hand 29 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Absolute ideal book for any mixoligist just starting out I never put mine down and will buy another when it becomes unusable.
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