I've just started a new bar job, and I pretended I'd done it before!haha So in a panic, I needed a really good book I could learn basics from! I couldn't decide on amazon which cocktail book I wanted, so I went into Waterstones - I'd seen Difford guide mentioned on Channel 4's "Come Dine with Me" where one of the hosts had his cocktail published in it! I must say this is by far the BEST cocktail book around! This has even got the history of cocktails! Which glasses to use for what, and the different techniques for making cocktails! As well as every cocktail I could possible think of - with pictures. Tells you what glass, garnish and how to serve it i.e with straw, etc. I liked it so much, I couldn't wait ordering it from Amazon, i bought it for £25 straight away! Well worth it! I think the size of it and the fact that its hardback, makes it an added bonus! All the other books I looked at were tiny in comparison!
A friend of mine has just turned 21 and my best friend has just moved into her first home, so I bought this book for them with a bottle of booze and a cocktail shaker, and both of them LOVED it and I've been invited round to many parties! :-) They're both copying me, and buying this book for other friends!
Diffords Guide makes an excellent addition to anyones library who likes food & drink! Even if you never want to make cocktails, it's just a really nice book open up and look at! A great buy for yourself or as a gift!