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The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails Kindle Edition
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Physically, the book is a small (5 1/2" x 7"), robustly packaged hardback with covers that spilt drinks should wipe off. Its size makes it easy to carry and find space for. However, it also means that the writing is necessarily small and the book tends to close easily rather than staying open - inconvient if you want to remind yourself of an ingredient whilst mixing.
The guide is very thorough. It is divided into sections by different types of drinks: beers & sakes, brandies, sparkling wines, ordinary wines, gins, liquers, rums, tequilas, vodkas and whiskies, along with a couple more, all get their own sections. Each section starts with a discussion of that particular drink, so the brandy section tells one about the different types of Cognac, the differences to Armagnac and other brandy-like styles from Calvados to Grappa to Pisco brandy. Whilst short, these sections are informative and useful. For those of us who aren't drinks experts there are likely to be a few interesting nuggets of information. Particularly apparent in these sections is the fact that the book is written from a U.S. perspective and availabilities of different drinks are bound to vary as a result.
Each section then moves onto the cocktails that can be made from the drink type under discussion. The guide has plenty of recipes: I can't see myself running out of new drinks to mix simply with this one guide any time soon. None of the recipes are complicated, some are rather more unusual than in other cocktail books.Read more ›
I would recommend getting a multi measure jigger as the measurements are in oz, oz1/2 etc.
However, this book is lacking a few things as well. It would benefit from a few photographs to help illustrate the presentation side of cocktail making, and I wouldn't recommend this for use on a busy bar, the small size of the book and its tight binding (petty gripes I know) mean it isn't ideal for quick referencing.
Overall i'd say this is a great book to give as a gift or to keep on the shelf for you're own drinking needs!
They never tell you the dimensions of a book, mostly because it's irrelevant to the book itself. The book is very approximately 16cm (L) x 12cm (W) X 4/5cm (D), it's a chunky little thing.
However, if you're making a cocktail that needs BOTH hands, it's difficult to keep the page that you need open, measure and add the ingredients and stir/shake your cocktail at the same time. The text is also a bit small.
Also, quantities are in ounces.. We don't work in ounces, so we had to make rough guess-timations of quantities (so we ended up twice as drunk). There's a converter table in the front, but it doesn't tell you the equivalent of 1 ounce in ml. Quite irritating. If it is there, we probably missed it due to our impatience to make our cocktails..
The main gripe I have is that it has no pictures, I still need to look up online resources to get ideas on the final appearance. Also, while this book is fine as a home resource, I agree with previous comments that it's likely to be impractical for heavy usage - it's quite small and the book does not easily lie open on a given page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great quality and extensive amounts of cocktails! Perfect present for my bartending brotherPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The only cocktail book you'll ever need, useful history and explanations too if you're interested in more than just making the drinkPublished 1 month ago by Matt bream
Comprehensive list of cocktails plus background on techniques and origins. Very happyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book about 3 years ago, one of the best purchases I've made, yet to have a bad drink from this book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Briliant book. A great amount of information and the terminology is explained well at the start. Little bits of history behind each recipe are very interesting and will win you a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Callum Green
I use this a lot for cocktails.
Contains a lot of information on how to stock a bar, What glassware is needed and why and information on the various alcohol... Read more