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The World's Best Bartender's Guide: Professional Bartenders from the World's Greatest Bars Teach You How to Mix the Perfect Drink [Paperback]

Joseph Scott , Donald Bain
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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons; 1st Edition edition (Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557882967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557882967
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Covers spirits, supplies, ambiance, garnishes, glassware, etiquette, and drinking ethics, and provides recipes for the most popular cocktails.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book lives up to its title 20 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An excellent book.
This book is a great read, and has a great format. For the drink recipes, it introduces the cocktail, describes its history, nuances about its construction, or interesting stories related to how it is made, then it provides a variety of different recipes and variations on how to make it.
It is refreshing to see such a creative, and informational book on mixology. I've grown bored of the cocktail books that simply list recipes, without any background or even details about how to add that special "Quality" to the drink that makes them stand out.
-Robert
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best all-round bar guide out there... 16 July 2003
Format:Paperback
If you're feed up with those "1000000 cocktail" books then this is the perfect cure. Instead of simply listing the recipes the authors have added a little background and intrigue which makes this a far more interesting publication.
This book also covers other aspects of the barpersons trade and as such is of much more use to the proffesional than most other guides. This really is what it proclaims to be "The World's Best.."
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Anything with the pluck to call itself "the best" has to stir up your suspicions, right? Well . . . "The World's Best Bartenders' Guide" is exactly that - the best. The premise is simple. If you want to know how to mix the best drinks, ask the world's best bartenders. That is exactly the objective authors Joseph Scott and Donald Bain set for themselves and the result is nothing short of . . . well the world's best bartenders' guide. Along with identifying what their exhaustive research has determined to be the world's 50 greatest bars and their keepers, Scott and Bain share their secrets of what and how. I mean this book doesn't just tell you how to mix the classic martini. It tells you that the secret to making a martini a la the bartender at Morton's in Manhattan is to pour out the brine from the olive jar and replace it with vermouth. Variations on the Manhattan? The book offers more than a half-dozen, and a tip from the bar manager at Jardines Jazz Club in Kansas City - pour in the vermouth first, then it's easy to adjust the whiskey to taste. Want to know how to stock your home bar? It's there, compliments of the experts. Want to know the secret to mixing any cocktail? "Make and serve every drink with love," says the most popular barman in the Dominican Republic. Want to know all there is to know about cognac? See Salvatore Calabrese in the Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Want to try a centuries-old cognac? Salvatore will oblige - if your pocketbook can take it. From Cuba to China, Mexico to Paris, all points in the U.S., all weigh in here. I knew I was tired of the same old fare when my wife and I went out, or even entertained at home. What to do, however, was the problem. Until now. "The World's Greatest Bartenders' Guide." Kudos Messers Scott and Bain.
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Had ordered a New copy and instead received a dirty, scratched copy with black marker lines on the side along with it being delivered late. The book even has a Price Tag on the back saying "Used" and for a lot, lot less than what I was actually charged for it. Very, very bad customer service on so many levels.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only highly informative, but down right interesting 19 Nov 1999
By Robert K. Scrivener (scribe7@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has everything you need to properly tend bar at home. More than just recipies, it contains explinations of terms and what makes Bourbon different from Southern Comfort and Scotch from Irish Whiskey. It tells you what liquers you need to stock, and which ones you might want to try. The whole book is writen with a sense of humor, but it never losses sight of what is important. I highly recomend it!
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The World's Best Bartenders' Guide" lives up to its name. 7 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anything with the pluck to call itself "the best" has to stir up your suspicions, right? Well . . . "The World's Best Bartenders' Guide" is exactly that - the best. The premise is simple. If you want to know how to mix the best drinks, ask the world's best bartenders. That is exactly the objective authors Joseph Scott and Donald Bain set for themselves and the result is nothing short of . . . well the world's best bartenders' guide. Along with identifying what their exhaustive research has determined to be the world's 50 greatest bars and their keepers, Scott and Bain share their secrets of what and how. I mean this book doesn't just tell you how to mix the classic martini. It tells you that the secret to making a martini a la the bartender at Morton's in Manhattan is to pour out the brine from the olive jar and replace it with vermouth. Variations on the Manhattan? The book offers more than a half-dozen, and a tip from the bar manager at Jardines Jazz Club in Kansas City - pour in the vermouth first, then it's easy to adjust the whiskey to taste. Want to know how to stock your home bar? It's there, compliments of the experts. Want to know the secret to mixing any cocktail? "Make and serve every drink with love," says the most popular barman in the Dominican Republic. Want to know all there is to know about cognac? See Salvatore Calabrese in the Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Want to try a centuries-old cognac? Salvatore will oblige - if your pocketbook can take it. From Cuba to China, Mexico to Paris, all points in the U.S., all weigh in here. I knew I was tired of the same old fare when my wife and I went out, or even entertained at home. What to do, however, was the problem. Until now. "The World's Greatest Bartenders' Guide." Kudos Messers Scott and Bain.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book lives up to its title 20 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
An excellent book.
This book is a great read, and has a great format. For the drink recipes, it introduces the cocktail, describes its history, nuances about its construction, or interesting stories related to how it is made, then it provides a variety of different recipes and variations on how to make it.
It is refreshing to see such a creative, and informational book on mixology. I've grown bored of the cocktail books that simply list recipes, without any background or even details about how to add that special "Quality" to the drink that makes them stand out.
-Robert
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic history and mixing instructions for a few drinks 24 Sep 2001
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This guide takes the sensible approach of instructing aspiring house bartenders in a variety of ways of mixing the most common drinks in America. In addition to lengthy and entertaining histories of each drink, celebrity favorites, anecdotes from experienced bartenders, and, of course, multiple recipes for each drink, this guide imparts a sense of respect for liquor and for the art of making delicious beverages.
All the bartenders in this book, as well as the editors, forcefully condemn drinking to get drunk, instead treating alcohol as an incomparable treat to be used sparingly and only in the most delicious recipes possible. Thus, Long Island Iced Teas are denigrated for being immensely alcoholic with no particularly interesting flavor of their own.
My complaint regarding this work is personal: that the editors only treat snazzy, modern drinks is sensible from the perspective that such drinks are what the public is interested in learning about, but it leaves people with more exotic tastes or an interest in the popular drinks of bygone days left without much information. Still, I have found this guide otherwise brilliant.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes with a personal touch 28 April 2001
By Chris Pencis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ever had a sidecar? Me either, until I got this book. I've got a couple of other bartender's guides. With the unappealing page after page of sterile mixology between their covers, they gave me absolutely no incentive to try anything new. This book is different - it provides history and anectodes on drinks in a conversational tone and offers recipe variants on some from bartenders on its 'best bartenders' list. Because bartending is a personable act, and not just chemistry, its nice to see the bartenders notes accompanying many of the recipes (muddle this... substitutions of Triple Sec vs. Cointreau... shaken and not stirred etc). All in all, a pleasurable read and great guide - get it and try the Higgin's Sidecar.... mmmmmm.
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