The World's Best Bartender's Guide: Professional Bartenders from the World's Greatest Bars Teach You How to Mix the Perfect Drink Paperback – 1 Nov 1998
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Covers spirits, supplies, ambiance, garnishes, glassware, etiquette, and drinking ethics, and provides recipes for the most popular cocktails.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.."
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Perhaps the book's major strength is that the chosen receipies are generally familiar to professional bartenders and most readers will find them tasty if they like the receipe's main alcohol beverage (e.g., gin, bourbon, vodka), and obscure cocktails are avoided. I particualarly appreciated that several variations were offered for many of the drinks. Also, the chosen cocktails usually did not require obscure or hard-to-find incredients, a major plus in my opinion. And if a generally unfamiliar incredient was used, the author briefly explained what it is. He also succinctly but clearly explained the diffent types of whiskey/whisky, glassware, and recommends what should be in a basic home bar. The receipes are generally brief, and easy to undertand. He also includes some do's and dont's to assure success as a home bartender. Many readers will find interesting the brief histories of various drinks, and how they evolved over time.
There are, in my opinion, two shortcomings of the book. First is the price of a new copy of this book ($39.24); I, personally, bought a used copy from Amazon in very good condition and at a reasonable price. Also, the book is copywrited 1998; given the changes in our society's drinking habits and cocktail preferences--and the introduction of many new alcoholic beverages--the book should be carefully reviewed and updated/changed where appropriate. But keep the same layout format; lots of white space, large and easy to read type, and use of shaded boxes to draw the reader's attention to important or especially interesting information. In short, this book is easy to read and informative, with receipes sure to please the majority of people who add this book to their library.
I have been mixing drinks for years privately and at parties for up to 80 people and have read dozens of cocktail books - this is the number one book to own and read.
Why? Because rather than give you hundreds of recipes you will never make - the ones with all the pineapple juice and blue curacao and the little paper umbrellas - this book gives you the classics with:
a) the best ratios of ingredients in any book I have found - every single drink is a hit and perfect as is.
b) An in-depth discussion of each drink with slight variations on the basic recipe.
If you work your way through this you will gain a firm understanding of what makes the drinks what they are and will enable you to judge new recipes you'll find in the future, balance them when they are off-balance (which often they are) and create your own.
There is a shocking amount of cocktail books out there where you try a recipe and it's just plain awful. I have become convinced over the years that there are some where the authors haven't even tried their own concoctions. And not just the cheap ones either - try the Tea Tini in Gary Regan's "The Joy of Mixology" and tell me he tasted it before he printed the recipe! Anyway. None of that here.
Every single drink I have made following the recipes in this book has been great. You'll find the definitive Margarita for example. Or great Negronis. Etc. Plus some more unusal ones too, that are still great like the Ginger Kamikaze which is always a great hit at parties.
The Martinis could be drier, otherwise this is a wonderful read, the perfect collection of recipes and the proverbial must-have for all mixologists. Buy it now, you won't regret it!