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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 4th edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349066
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Saihla on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of subjectivity and opinion within bartending, so if you see two very different recipes for a "Daiquiri," one is not necessarily "wrong" or "right." But too many things in this book are just blatantly wrong. For example, when they describe the well (pages 8 & 9), they say you use "sweet vermouth" for martinis and "dark vermouth" for manhattans. This is completely incorrect, and could prove a very embarrassing mistake for a new bartender. You'd think by the 4th edition they'd have worked these things out.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron M. Dziurgot on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this book all the way through in about two days and found it to be very informative on how to act, how to get into, and what to expect when aspiring to become a bartender. It has an entire chapter on what to do to get started in the field of work and how to work your way up to the top.

That being said though, I found that the drink section is outdated and inaccurate. Most books on bar tending become outdated after a year anyway, but I have just started working as a bar back and I noticed that some of the drinks were not right (I had to double check a few online).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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have several books on Bartending and they all have pros and their cons. I think this is really a great beginners book. One review said that drinks were outdated, and that is to be expected, hopefully you don't buy this book for a lot of drink recepies, because that's not what it's really for. There are a few things about this book that I really loved and haven't seen in others that I bought:

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.
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By Beth-razuul on September 26, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just not impressed by it, granted it wasn't what I was really looking for, it's so lightweight, I suppose it does what it says on the cover. Doesn't do anything great except give this very vague overview of "if you wanna...then do this" mentality. Simply not worth your time, there are plenty of other books out there with better depth/understanding on the subject. The cartoon pictures didn't help.
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I got this to learn a few drink recipes but its good for more than that, its got a plethora of recipes that makes it a fun read (as a kid at heart i like to read this and giggle at all the silly names) it also has good tips on properly tending a bar.
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I participated in a reddit book gift exchange recently, this was something extra for the receiver, one can never have to many books on booze. :)
She was thrilled, thanks!
Shipping was also really fast, which I appreciate.
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