This title covers everything from the Singapore Sling and the Cosmopolitan to the Manhattan and the classic Martini, shown in more than 800 stunning step-by-step photographs. This is the ultimate home bartender's manual - how to create delicious drinks using spirits, liqueurs, wine, beer and mixers. It offers instructions for making over 600 cocktails and drinks, including all-time classics such as the Dry Martini, Margarita and Grasshopper, and more unusual drinks such as the Blue Hawaiian, Rite of Spring and Passion Punch. It is a complete guide to the different types of drinks and mixers available, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A basic techniques section explains how to measure, mix and pour drinks, with step-by-step photographs. It includes a useful guide to drinks terminology defining chasers, aperitifs, frappes and much more. This is an essential reference book for every home bartender, covering a vast array of cocktails and drinks, and how to make them. All the cocktail classics are included, as well as some more unusual drinks, including Hammer Horror, Pink Pussycat and Emerald Star. The book examines the different types of alcohol and mixers available, including spirits, liqueurs, fortified wines, beer and wine, plus bartending equipment, glasses, garnishes and presentation. The recipe section of the book is packed with step-by-step instructions for over 600 cocktails and drinks. This is the perfect one-stop source book for all bartenders, professional or amateur.
I have been writing about wine, other drinks and restaurants since the beginning of the 1990s. In the past decade, my work has included a widely acclaimed cultural history of intoxication, Out Of It (Penguin) and the multi-disciplinary Humanity: An Emotional History (Atlantic, published in the United States as A Natural History of Human Emotions). My work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean. I write for the Guardian Books site, as well as a number of specialist drink publications and websites, and I review books for World of Fine Wine magazine.
In 2010, after 16 years of living in Brighton, I headed southwest and am now in beautiful Torbay.