The Art of the Cocktail is a fantastic guide covering only those cocktails that really matter in life: this is not a book about cheap mix-in-as-much-as-you-can cocktails, but about the great Classic. There is an almost mozartian struggle to simplicity in the way the ingredients are stripped to the bare essential and in the same time those few ingredients are the only necessary ones. I never managed to find a better recipe for a Singapore Sling than Philip Collins', not even at the Raffles Hotel. Next to the content I must praise the form: the way the recipes are shown next to beautiful pictures, the way the same recipes are not crammed all together, but displayed each one on a single page, the anecdotes ... If you are looking for something serious you cannot search further.
This book is so well done that it is tempting to say it captures the essentials of classic cocktails. The recipes are spot on and the photography simply beautiful. This book is a "must" for anyone serious about mixing proper drinks, in proper glasses, for the right occasions.
This is a very classy book that is visually impressive as well as getting the juices flowing for yummy cocktails. Very inspirational, not only for the cocktails but the different and beautiful pictures of the glasses to use. A lovely book just to browse as well as for the end product, a gorgeous cocktail. Would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to become familiar with the art of cocktail making.