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Complete Home Bartender's Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink Spiral-bound – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806985119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806985114
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Salvatore Calabrese is an international award-winning expert on cocktails. From his position as bar manager of the Library Bar at the prestigious Lanesborough Hotel at London's Hyde Park Corner, Calabrese has been elected Vice President of the Bartender's Guild of the United Kingdom. Among his many awards are The Compari Bartender of the Year, winner of the Lea & Perrins International Healthy Cocktails Competition, and holder of the Chevalerie du Verre Galant, and the Chevalier l'Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne.

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A spiral binding -- you can lay the book flat.
lxloco
I really liked the section up front describing the various types of glasses to be used.
Bashar
Complete home bartenders guide is my go to book for mixing drinks.
Melissa L. Nofsinger

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chris T. Dong on May 8, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great bartender's book. It has all the drinks, nicely indexed by liquor type, illustrations of the proper glasses, and instructions on how to stock your own bar. Just as importantly: it has a SPIRAL BINDING. This is key, because it stays open to the same page when you're trying to mix a drink. If you're like me, you need both hands to work on the drink, not hold the book open. Try that with Mr. Boston's and it'll drive you crazy!! Seriously!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By petej on November 26, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
The book is well organized into sections of Brandy, Gin, Rum, ... as well as indexed by drink name. The book also contains informative descriptions and history of various spirits. Top-notch book. Buy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Optimus Prime on September 19, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I found a used copy of this book at a local bookstore, and bought it out of sheer curiosity. I knew nothing prior to mixing drinks or even how to use a shaker, and was thoroughly amused at how drinking enthusiasts around the world could come up with 780 unique -- and sometimes downright perverse and ridiculous -- names for the world's finest cocktails.

There are two things that I love about this book -- it's brilliantly arranged as a reference guide, and it's geared for both the entry-level hobbyist and the more experienced enthusiast in mind.

Unlike many other bartender guides that are tiny paperbacks or printed on thicker paper that is harder to flip-through, Salvatore Calabrese's book is built like a true index in mind: it's a hard-cover with spiral-bound pages inside printed on glossy color paper. The 780 drinks are divided into logical categories (brandy, rum, wine, vodka, shooters, punches, nonalcoholic, etc.) and each drink's mixing instructions are designed to be read in less than 30 seconds. As a quick reference, I have not seen a book that is better written with clarity and brevity in mind.

Any book I'm willing to pay for as an introduction into a hobby needs to me interested with the history, the basics on how-tos, and the fine science of becoming an enthusiast. The book's opening chapters cover everything from tools & equipment, glassware, and bar terminology to flavors & garnishes, proper techniques for juicing limes, and how to properly use ice!

Nearly every single recipe includes a brief history as to where the naming scheme caming from, and there's some description to the regional origins of certain spirits and bases as well.

I'm not planning on becoming a professional bartender, but if I were going to, I'd imagine this text would easily be one of the required reads and "keeper" books for someone truly interested in pursuing a long-term education into the fine art of drink mixing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Morrow on July 21, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is well laid out and lists the ingredient information as well as what glasses go w/ what drink etc. This book has all the added touches to assist you in becoming a great home bartender, such as pictures so you will build up confidence and the binder is wonderful since you can turn to a page and it stays! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys entertaining or just wants to impress their friends with great drinks!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is fantastic. I love the way it organizes drinks according to type: vodka, rum, etc... It also gives you lots of basics on how to set up a bar from glasses, to terms, to techniques. The thing I love the best is that for each drink it not only tells you how to prepare it but there is also a little picture on the side that tells you which type of glass to serve it in and how to garnish. A great find!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Strumpf on July 16, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This is an incredibly useful and beautiful book. I was a complete novice at mixing drinks and this book is filled with tasty, easy to follow recipes that are turning me into a pro. It has all the classics as well as numerous drinks that I've never heard of but am now anxious to try. The text is very engaging as well as informative and the photography is beautiful. Best of all this book is spiral bound which makes it easy to use if, like me, you only have two hands. All how-to books should be like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By realmaterialgirl on April 10, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
We've purchased a number of martini and other drink recipe books before coming across this one. One of the best things about this book is its spiral design. It lays flat, which means you don't have to try to hold it open or prop it up while mixing up a drink. Can't tell you how frustrating it is trying to whip up a martini or other stylish drink while trying to hold a book open! This book has great recipes, both old and new, is organized by type of liquor and even gives you ideas for the best glass to serve your masterpieces in. I just purchased another copy to give as a wedding/shower gift for a young couple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L. Nofsinger on August 6, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
Complete home bartenders guide is my go to book for mixing drinks. It's beautifully organized by liqueur, and it even has a section for non-alcoholic drinks. Every drink has a short explanation about where it may have come from or something about the way it tastes. It tells you ingredients and the glass the drink goes into. The book is in full color and has colorful pictures. The book is spiral bound, so it easily stays open while you're using your hands to make the drink.
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