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on 7 April 2013
I've long been a fan of Difford's Cocktails Made Easy, which is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to be able to make many different cocktails with a relatively small drinks cabinet (only 14 key ingredients).
After a while I felt that I had outgrown it somewhat so I upgraded to this, which includes all the recipes from Cocktails Made Easy (with a helpful key symbol next to each one) plus 2500 recipes using rather more esoteric ingredients (hazelnut syrup anyone?!)
The book does a pretty good job as a one-stop cocktail "bible", but lets itself down a couple of times which is a real shame. As has been highlighted by another reviewer it's not very intuitive, drinks are listed alphabetically rather than by spirit. Surely it would be better to have (e.g.) all the gin-based cocktails together, with an alphabetical index at the back if you need to find a specific one.
Inexplicably (and unlike Cocktails Made Easy), it contains no instructions on making sugar syrup (a regularly-used ingredient) or pomegranate syrup, but somehow finds space for a "key" (5 stars = excellent, 4 stars = praiseworthy, etc, fairly self-explanatory you would think) on virtually every page. And having had it one day I've already noticed that it "definatly" [sic] hasn't been spell-checked.
So in summary, a very good book which could have been virtually perfect with a bit more thought and attention to detail.