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Bartending 101: The Basics of Mixology Paperback – October 20, 2005
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The Harvard Student Agencies Bartending course has certified more than forty thousand individuals in the art of drink mixing since its inception in 1972.
Top Customer Reviews
Then it adds a lot of unnecessary subjective information: It calls Rose's "the best in lime juice" (wouldn't the best in lime juice be actual lime juice?), says Scotch is "like blended whiskey, except grosser," and says you can get away with cheap gin and vodka if you have enough mixers. I appreciate that they are trying to keep it lighthearted, but I feel some taste is in order.
The fact that some (important) things in here are actually wrong, combined with the fact that they don't really distinguish between facts and opinions, means I couldn't trust the chapters on things I actually need to learn about. Thus, one star.
That being said though, I found that the drink section is outdated and inaccurate. Most books on bar tending become outdated after a year anyway, but I have just started working as a bar back and I noticed that some of the drinks were not right (I had to double check a few online). It did give several helpful websites though for up to date drinks and what is popular now.
Also, they push their bar tending kit that they sell in the back of the book in almost every chapter. I found that kind of annoying. Other then that though, the book is a good way to find out how to act and what to expect when bar tending, and did have good information on pouring and making many drinks.
If you read this book before starting a bar back job or going to a bar tending school, I would say it would be a good way to get a head start and get ahead in the field before you start.
1: List of Liqueurs, you can make liqueurs out of almost any flavor and this book breaks them down into category and what flavor they represent: Nutty Flavors-like Amaretto (almond) and frangelico (hazelnut); Coffee- Kahlua, tia maria; Berries- Black Haus (blackberry), boggs (cranberry), Chambord (black raspberry; Fruits of the Vine- Cocribe (coconut), Cointreau (orange); Herbs, Spices and other such vices- Brambuie (honey), Aquavit (caraway) so on and so on. The other bartending books list alcohols in alphabetical order so they aren't put into groups like this. I really like it because it lists the more common ones about 8-12 in each section.
2. It shows you a basic bar set up, lists the drinks and mixers you need to make 70% if the most common drinks people will order and how to set them up in your home.
3. It gives you ideas on where you can look for jobs and where are good places to start and work your way up, and I really like how it stresses speed and experience and who to talk to when looking for a job.
Some cons though:
No pronunciation! Grant it they don't use super fancy words but some of the alcohol listed I know doesn't sound like it's spelled and a little help would be nice-especially for a beginners book.
Some illustrations for "show bottles" aren't needed and are somewhat confusing.
But overall I'm glad I got this book and it is helpful to a beginner.
She was thrilled, thanks!
Shipping was also really fast, which I appreciate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband uses this book at every party. He also has learned so much about the chemistry behind it all from the book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like to drink, mix, learn all about it... This is a good book to start out to learn about it. wonderful book.Published on August 21, 2013 by Animelover17
This is an easy follow guide with directions to teach you to make more drinks than you can possibly think up. Very thorough.Published on July 27, 2012 by ogg111