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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2009
This is a great book, aimed towards making cocktails at home, the other diffordsguide books are probably more suited towards professional bartenders.

The fact everything in the book only uses 14 spirits is great. 500 cocktails from only 14 spirits (and other everyday house hold ingredients). The beginning of the book tells you a little about the 14 spirits you are going to use. It goes on to tell you the different equipment you will need, which only consists of basic bar equipment and general kitchen utensils. And continues to tell you how to use the different pieces of equipment, how to make clear ice, how to make sugar syrup, how to salt the rim of a glass and goes through the different styles of glassware among other things.

It's hardcover, nicely layed out, 1-5 star rating system to help you choose which you'd like to try first. And as a nice extra there are randomly placed cocktail/alcohol related quotes, some quite amusing;

"Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink." - Lady Aston to Winston Churchill
"Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it." - His reply.

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was the indexing. For a book aimed at someone with a limited stock of alcohol an indexing system based on that would have been very helpful. By that I mean, the drinks split into what spirits are used or something similar. So if you only had 6 of the 14 spirits you could easily find cocktails you could make. The book is indexed alphabetically, which works, but it could have been even better with a system like the one I described.

But if you looking for a book to help you get the most out of your limited home bar this book is a must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2009
This book is perfect for all novice cocktail makers, the best part is the fact that the book tells you what spirits you need to have in order to make the cocktails and those spirits are all readily available, no stupid ingredients that you wouldn't have. I also found that there is a brilliant iPhone application based on the book, also called Cocktails Made Easy. This is great because you have a virtual cocktail cabinet in which you can tell the application which spirits you have got in your cabinet and it will then show you what you can make. Even better is that you can shake the phone to show you a random cocktail from your cabinet. Bottoms up!
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on 24 April 2013
I have been a fan of Simon Gifford's coctail books even before they were Difford's guides and were still known as Sauceguides! I bought this for my best friend to indoctrinate her into coktail making at home as I liked the idea you can make all the recipes inside from a minimal range of spirits/mixers. I also like the fact he gives all the recipes ratings and I know this is subjective as everyone likes different tastes it is a great place to start when choosing to try a new cocktail (we then annotate the book with comments as to whether we agree/disagree, would have again, made any tweaks to his recipe etc) I have version 10 of his full book but whichever version you have if you like cocktails, have a reasonable liquour cabinet and like the idea of making some at home I don't think you can go wrong with a Difford's cocktail recipe book.
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on 9 March 2011
This is a great book to get you started in cocktail making!

I bought this to get a bit more creative with drinks when hosting parties etc, i have tried a good few recipes from the book and they have all been great! Go down well with everyone.

It explains all the tools you need, ie, juices, spirits, fruits, etc etc, explanations of the mixology terms ie, muddle etc, and even which glasses to use for which cocktail! genius.

Beautiful in hardback

Fantastic book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2008
i purchased this for my boyfriend although he prefers the new one (with the red cover) he do think this is an essential book for any person who wants to make cocktails at home or professionally, a very good book. x
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