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Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide Hardcover – 1971

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mr. Boston Distiller Corp.; 36th Printing edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000P5ZNDY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick W. Crabtree VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I see this little book around just about every place where I visit folks in their homes during social occasions. It's an innocuous little red volume that part-time (and a few full-time) drinkers sort of must own.

I've never bought a bottle of Old Mr. Boston liquor in my life but it doesn't matter. Instead of Old Mr. Boston Gin, it's fine to use Beefeaters. Same on all the other booze types.

The point is, if you want to know how to make a Martini, or a Manhattan, or even an Orange Blossom (my favorite!), Old Mr. Boston is there to tell you precisely and simply how to make that happen. There are hundreds of old standby cocktails and highballs in here.

Orange Blossom Cocktail (page 69)

1 oz. Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/4 Teaspoon Powdered Sugar
"Shake well with cracked ice and strain into 3 oz. cocktail glass."

You'll find that the Avant-garde drinks aren't in here, at least not in my 1965 edition, because such drinks had not yet been invented when this handy little work was published... drinks like Chili's "El Presidente Frozen Margarita". You'll need something newer for that -- I print such modern cocktail recipes from the internet and stick them inside my Old Mr. Boston guide, so that in an alcoholic emergency, I'm covered. When my daughter turned 21 years old, I even found a great eggnog recipe in here (there are several) to celebrate the occasion.

I no longer drink alcoholic beverages (danged heart trouble, probably caused, in part, by excessive alcohol imbibing and swilling!) but I'm going to hang on to this great little resource book -- most of my friends still love to pour them down, especially at my expense!

My edition has 150 pages, about 7-10 recipes per page, with very easy-to-follow instructions -- This book is a life-saver during the holidays. Happy Mixology!!!

Highly recommended.
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I had a friend who is a bartender recommend this book to me as a great book for learning how to mix drinks for home use. It is a good book overall, but a little dated for my tastes. If you want to learn how to mix most of the popular drinks you probably order in a bar today, go with a newer version.
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I have a much newer version of this book (2004 I think) and when I was growing up my parents had an early '60's edition. This edition, which was released just 12 years after the Volstead Act was repealed, is full of cocktails made with all sorts of exotic liquors. Many of them - Swedish Punch, Creme de Yvette, rye - are available again. The recipes are arranged in alphabetical order. We are slowly working our way through the alphabet. Now, if I could just get my hands on some Swedish Punch...........
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Small and to the point. May not have the latest fad but it has the classics. Perhaps the most common bartenders reference.
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Indexed by liquor rather than alphabetically, so, if you don't know what goes in a drink, it really isn't very helpful.
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very informative and fast shipping
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