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American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks Hardcover – October 16, 1995
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Scattered within the recipes in the first half of the book are several of his own design, with the "Fallen Leaves" being one of my personal favorites. The second half of the book contains a great collection of information about different cocktail categories, sprits, liqueurs, as well as a review of mixology tools, terms, and processes in general.
However, I do take issue with several of the recipes he provides. He describes both the Old Fashioned and Sazerac as being filled with water or soda as the final step, neither of which is correct. He also indicates Triple Sec as the proper ingredient for a Sidecar, when it should be Cointreau, and the proportions he provides for this don't result in what I feel are a properly balanced drink.
A number of reviewers have already expressed their enthusiasm for this great book, but some have qualified their admiration by quibbling with Schumann over a recipe or two, claiming that the master has "got it wrong" and that they know the "correct" way that a particular drink should be prepared. These reviewers are entitled to their opinions, but I think potential readers of Schumann's book would do well to note that there is no definitive recipe for any sufficiently well-established cocktail, just as no two chefs will agree on the recipe for a perfect omelette. Schumann offers elegant, minimalist versions of almost all of the great cocktails -- what more do you want?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another book on mixing drinks. There are many like this that will teach you a multitude of cocktails. good for the collectionPublished 22 months ago by mike 67
We noticed this title on another site in a leather bound version with monogramming, and purchased this item to preview the content before committing to the leather bound... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Steph B
This is a most comprehensive guide for mixing drinks I have ever read. Its recipes are traditional and its descriptions of spirits of all varieties are reliable. Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Stephen H. Wahl
I bought this book approx 7 years ago when I was learning to bartend. It makes a great presentation in my "library". But no recipes for Cosmopolitans(? Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by P. D. Mallett
If you want to learn how to make the classics, this is the book for you. It not only explains what goes together but why, and once you know that you can start to experiment on your... Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by W. Manduca