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The Curious Bartender - The artistry and alchemy of creating the perfect cocktail [Hardcover]

Tristan Stephenson
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Book Description

10 Oct 2013
Preparing a first-class cocktail relies upon a deep understanding of its ingredients, the delicate alchemy of how they work together. In The Curious Bartender, Tristan Stephenson explores and experiments with the art of mixing the perfect cocktail, explaining the fascinating modern turns mixology has taken. Showcasing a selection of classic cocktails, he explains their intriguing origins, introducing the colourful historical characters who inspired or created them. Moving on, he reinvents each drink from his laboratory, adding contemporary twists to breathe fresh life into these vintage classics. Stay true to the originals with a Sazerac or a Rob Roy, or experiment with some of his modern variations to create a Green Fairy Sazerac topped with an absinthe 'air' or an Insta-age Rob Roy with the 'age' on the side. Also included is a reference section detailing all the techniques you will need, making this an essential anthology for the cocktail enthusiast.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849754373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849754378
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tristan Stephenson has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 10 years and is renowned as one of the leading experts in the bar community on cocktail science and molecular mixology.

In 2005, he set up the bar at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, before taking on a role as a Brand Ambassador for the Reserve Brands Group in 2007, training bartenders at some of the highest regarded bars and restaurants in the UK, including The Ritz. In 2009, Tristan co-founded Fluid Movement, a breakthrough events and consultancy company for the drinks industry. This lead to the opening of his first bar Purl in 2010, the Worship Street Whistling Shop in 2011, and in 2012, Dach & Sons (a New York inspired hot dog, beer and bourbon bar), all of which have been greeted with critical acclaim.

Tristan has travelled to distilleries and breweries all over the world in his research, worked closely with critically acclaimed writers and flavour perception expert Tony Blake, and was a speaker at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in 2012. Tristan was awarded UK Bartender of the Year in 2012 by Class Magazine (having been a runner up in 2011) and was also included in Evening Standard's 2012 top 1000 most influential people in London.

Tristan appears frequently on TV and is a regular contributor to various print and online drinks publications. Tristan spends most of his time involved with bar consultancy, writing and training, and travelling. The Curious Bartender is his first book.

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'Stephenson... looks into the history and chemistry of classic cocktails, then lets his imagination run loose' --The Times

About the Author

Tristan Stephenson is a rising star in the cocktail world. He has worked with Jamie Oliver, and was a brand ambassador, training bartenders at The Ritz, among other top hotels. In 2009 he set up a consultancy company for the drinks industry Fluid Movement. From there he went on to open critically acclaimed London bars, Purl, The Worship Street Whistling Shop and Dachs & Sons. This is his first book.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 12 Oct 2013
By Jamie
There's cocktail books and then there's cocktail books. And then there's this book. This is no ordinary cocktail book, the level of detail is unrivalled and authors passion is contagious.

The Curious Bartender will teach you to make the highest quality drinks and then inspire you to make your very own!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it 28 Nov 2013
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The book has quite good dimensions, it is quite heavy and robust. The photograph work is kinda old fashion but the cover is quite original and pretty. I would recommend this to anyone that is curious about this theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fundamentals with an interesting structure introducing 'molecular' cocktails 27 Feb 2014
By Timur - Published on Amazon.com
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Tristan's approach to cocktails is thoughtful and well grounded in science as well as art. The book starts off with an explanation of basic cocktail-making techniques and then moves into various recipes. The recipes are laid out in an interesting fashion: first, Tristan describes a classic cocktail or a basic version of a cocktail; immediately following is a more complex variant of the cocktail using various techniques such as bottle-fermentation (Ramos Champagne Fizz), or using a Roto-vap (Insta-Age Rob Roy). Overall, an excellent addition to the library of anyone who is serious about their cocktails.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift. 16 Feb 2014
By kathy kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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They really enjoyed it. Beautiful pictures and great information. Buy this if your interested in booze and history of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift! 6 Feb 2014
By jim - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for the sophisticated mixologist. Includes old school complex from scratch recipies. Purchased as a gift for a close friend. It was a hit!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next step 24 Nov 2013
By DrinkAlchemist - Published on Amazon.com
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This cocktail book is beautifully and very thoughtfully done. For those of you that look to Tony Conigliaro for his mind bending creations, Tristan Stephenson's book is the next stepping stone in taking food science and making it practical for the adventurous bartender. Let both of these books help you design a Couture line of Classics. This is a must read, and will help give any Curious Bartender that spark they need to continue being creative. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History and fun experimental recipes 16 Mar 2014
By Bryce Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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Although some of the experimental drinks in here are out of the reach of the casual at home bartender, the book definitely gives you a good perspective on many different cocktails and some history on their origin.
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