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Complete Home Bartender's Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink Spiral-bound – 6 May 2003

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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Spi edition (6 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806985119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806985114
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,546,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Salvatore Calabrese has been mixing cocktails since he was a young man working in a bar on Italy's glorious Amalfi coast. Moving to London he quickly established himself as one of the most imaginative bartenders around. He's been Bartender of the Year and Vice President of the UK Bartenders' Guild, and is a much sought after expert on Cognac and the author of the worldwide bestsellers, Classic Cocktails, Classic After Dinner Cocktails (0806963247), Classic Summer Cocktails (0806915595) and Cocktails for Wimps (0 8069 8509 7). He is the acclaimed Bar Manager at the Lanesborough Hotel, at Hyde Park Corner.

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By mrs Amanda Gurajdowski on 2 Jun. 2013
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This is a fantastic recipe book for cocktail, you wouldn't need another the measurements an book lay out are very easy to follow.
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By boka1942 on 27 Feb. 2013
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A good help which is stored on my bar top. - Well laid out with sorting per main ingredients (spirit).
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By boka1942 on 27 Feb. 2013
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A good help which is stored on my bar top. - Well laid out with sorting per main ingredients (spirit).
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Terrific simple instructions, with a spiral binding!! 8 May 2003
By Chris T. Dong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great bartender's book. It has all the drinks, nicely indexed by liquor type, illustrations of the proper glasses, and instructions on how to stock your own bar. Just as importantly: it has a SPIRAL BINDING. This is key, because it stays open to the same page when you're trying to mix a drink. If you're like me, you need both hands to work on the drink, not hold the book open. Try that with Mr. Boston's and it'll drive you crazy!! Seriously!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for the up & coming home bartender 27 Nov. 2002
By petej - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
The book is well organized into sections of Brandy, Gin, Rum, ... as well as indexed by drink name. The book also contains informative descriptions and history of various spirits. Top-notch book. Buy it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thoroughly informative guide for the first-timer or the enthusiast 20 Sept. 2005
By Optimus Prime - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I found a used copy of this book at a local bookstore, and bought it out of sheer curiosity. I knew nothing prior to mixing drinks or even how to use a shaker, and was thoroughly amused at how drinking enthusiasts around the world could come up with 780 unique -- and sometimes downright perverse and ridiculous -- names for the world's finest cocktails.

There are two things that I love about this book -- it's brilliantly arranged as a reference guide, and it's geared for both the entry-level hobbyist and the more experienced enthusiast in mind.

Unlike many other bartender guides that are tiny paperbacks or printed on thicker paper that is harder to flip-through, Salvatore Calabrese's book is built like a true index in mind: it's a hard-cover with spiral-bound pages inside printed on glossy color paper. The 780 drinks are divided into logical categories (brandy, rum, wine, vodka, shooters, punches, nonalcoholic, etc.) and each drink's mixing instructions are designed to be read in less than 30 seconds. As a quick reference, I have not seen a book that is better written with clarity and brevity in mind.

Any book I'm willing to pay for as an introduction into a hobby needs to me interested with the history, the basics on how-tos, and the fine science of becoming an enthusiast. The book's opening chapters cover everything from tools & equipment, glassware, and bar terminology to flavors & garnishes, proper techniques for juicing limes, and how to properly use ice!

Nearly every single recipe includes a brief history as to where the naming scheme caming from, and there's some description to the regional origins of certain spirits and bases as well.

I'm not planning on becoming a professional bartender, but if I were going to, I'd imagine this text would easily be one of the required reads and "keeper" books for someone truly interested in pursuing a long-term education into the fine art of drink mixing.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is a MUST HAVE!! 21 July 2003
By Karen Morrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is well laid out and lists the ingredient information as well as what glasses go w/ what drink etc. This book has all the added touches to assist you in becoming a great home bartender, such as pictures so you will build up confidence and the binder is wonderful since you can turn to a page and it stays! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys entertaining or just wants to impress their friends with great drinks!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE THIS BOOK! 4 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is fantastic. I love the way it organizes drinks according to type: vodka, rum, etc... It also gives you lots of basics on how to set up a bar from glasses, to terms, to techniques. The thing I love the best is that for each drink it not only tells you how to prepare it but there is also a little picture on the side that tells you which type of glass to serve it in and how to garnish. A great find!!
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