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The Art of the Cocktail: 100 Classic Cocktail Recipes [Paperback]

Philip Collins , Sam Sargent
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24 Sep 1992
"I drink to make other people interesting"-- George Jean NathanNot so long ago, men drank martinis, women drank daiquiris, and no one knew what wine spritzers were. Anyone nostalgic for the era of the classic cocktail will revel in this elegant sourcebook, featuring recipes for 100 drinks -- from slings and smashes to fizzes and fixes -- exquisitely photographed in a vintage cocktail glass against a black backdrop. An informative text includes the name of each libation, its recipe, instructions on mixing, and an identification of the glass, intermittently spiked with immortal quotes from famous imbibers. A delightful compilation of the most interesting and adventurous drinks ever invented, "The Art of the Cocktail "contains recipes for such heady concoctions as the Harvey Wallbanger, Moscow Mule, Singapore Sling, Pernod Frappe, and Knicker Bocker Special, along with such classics as the Martini and the Sidecar. A new look at an enduring tradition, "The Art of the Cocktail "evokes the elegance of a bygone era with a presentation that will delight and inform anyone who enjoys classic drinks and their preparation.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (24 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811801543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811801546
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Collins lives, works, and enjoys an occasional Greyhound ( 1oz. vodka, 3 oz. grapefruit juice ) in Los Angeles, California.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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The Art of the Cocktail is a fantastic guide covering only those cocktails that really matter in life: this is not a book about cheap mix-in-as-much-as-you-can cocktails, but about the great Classic. There is an almost mozartian struggle to simplicity in the way the ingredients are stripped to the bare essential and in the same time those few ingredients are the only necessary ones. I never managed to find a better recipe for a Singapore Sling than Philip Collins', not even at the Raffles Hotel. Next to the content I must praise the form: the way the recipes are shown next to beautiful pictures, the way the same recipes are not crammed all together, but displayed each one on a single page, the anecdotes ... If you are looking for something serious you cannot search further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill 20 April 2009
By S. Webb
I brought this for my boyfriend for xmas, who is just getting into cocktail making. This book has really helped him get some good ideas, and who off at parties. A good buy, with inspiring pics too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cocktails and Their Platonic Forms 29 Jan 2012
This book is so well done that it is tempting to say it captures the essentials of classic cocktails. The recipes are spot on and the photography simply beautiful. This book is a "must" for anyone serious about mixing proper drinks, in proper glasses, for the right occasions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Ilustrated 14 Jan 2013
By Mia
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This is a very classy book that is visually impressive as well as getting the juices flowing for yummy cocktails.
Very inspirational, not only for the cocktails but the different and beautiful pictures of the glasses to use.
A lovely book just to browse as well as for the end product, a gorgeous cocktail.
Would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to become familiar with the art of cocktail making.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you think of the book as a photographic essay on exquisite glassware then you will be pleased with it. If you seek a book of recipes you may want to look elsewhere. Makes a great gift.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow! 15 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is all glossy pictures, and very little text. No history, and no in-depth instructions, apart from what to use and how much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photographs! 8 Aug 2002
By Derek G - Published on Amazon.com
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A very cool book with some exceptional photographs of different drinks. There's not much explanation on preparing the different drinks other than the obvious ingredients, plus there's only 100 drinks listed. What makes this book special are the photographs. If you're a bartender or just an enthusiast that wants to serve impressive looking cocktails, this book gives you a lot of ideas. As any good chef will tell you, "it's all in the presentation."
It's too bad the book is softcover, plus it would've been nice if the photos were a little larger (they're about 7" x 5"). It's nice to keep around for guests to see, though. Makes you thirsty. There's a few sample photographs here on this site. Check em out to see what I mean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic cocktail elegance 13 May 1998
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Although this book contains the recipes, it is really a photo book of delightful compositions of Lalique, Waterford, and Saint Louis (etc.) glassware with the drinks within, perfectly prepared, glowing with color, and garnished with care. If you are a romantic or nostalgic, a lover of Art Deco, or an unrepentant lush, this book is for you. As a how-to book...not!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun to do and fun to look at 4 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I just got this book, and really, I love it. Allright it only has 100 cocktails in it, but if you are planning on making more than a hundred different cocktails you can always buy another book, probably it wont be as nice to look in but hey, you wanted recepies right. Still I think it is a very nice book to have, because it's just nice to look in and it has the nececary instructions on makeing all those wonderfull cocktails yourself. And it also gives a nice picture of what the cocktail could look like, gets your tastebuds more ready than just plain text.
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