diffordsguide Cocktails Made Easy Hardcover – 18 Sep 2008
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From the Publisher
This title is a new addition to the diffordsguide series, aimed specifically at
those who wish to make cocktails at home.
From the Back Cover
This book does indeed make cocktails very easy, allowing over 500 different cocktails to be made with just 14 commonly available bottles of liquor plus
some everyday items from your refrigerator and kitchen cupboard.
The 500 cocktail recipes in this book include well known classics and bang up to date contemporary drinks. A colour photograph accompanies each recipe,
the correct glassware is stipulated and where known the name of the creator or story attached.
This is the concise version of the professional edition of diffordsguides `Cocktails' - which contains over 2,250 cocktails recipes.
diffordsguide began in 2001 and has grown to become one of the most complete and authoritative cocktail publications available. It has built a loyal following amongst the top international bartending fraternity, discerning drinkers and keen amateur mixologists alike.
* 500 easy to follow cocktail recipes
* All recipes made using only 14 readily available spirits and liqueurs
* Every recipe illustrated with colour photograph
* Comprehensive step-by-step pictorial guide to mixing drinks
Top customer reviews
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.
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
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