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DIY Cocktails: A Simple Guide to Creating Your Own Signature Drinks Paperback – April 18, 2011

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"Gives the home bartender all the tools necessary to create amazing cocktails."
Mitchell Rosenthal
Author Cooking My Way Back Home

"Makes creating and mixing top-notch cocktails a snap."
Daniel Yaffe
Publisher Drink Me Magazine

"A quite clever, simplified DIY book for making cocktail recipes."
Brian Rea
Bartender, Author

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Your Mission: make cocktails you love to drink, no matter what flavor you prefer. But instead of just making drinks you've tried before, you'll learn the secret to mixing your own flawless cocktails. Vodka, gin, tequila, Champagne, or single-malt scotch all have their time to shine--as do delectable homemade infusions and liqueurs only you can dream up. Oh, and you'll find a lot of recipes for great new drinks ...
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440507503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440507502
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2011
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When I picked this book up, I thought it was going to be chock full of recipes to dazzle my friends and neighbors with as they marveled at my creativity. Unfortunately for that stated goal, that's not what this book is about - although there are several tasty recipes and I had one tonight only as an effort to "test" the authors.

What this book does for me is to give some background on the various types of adult beverages, how to mix things with ratios, and gives a very good background on what goes with what as well as the effect of adding or subtracting various mixtures. From little things such as scoring a piece of lemon or orange rind to the color of the ice cube had me learn a thing or two.

If you're looking for some background on how you can make things a heck of a lot better than just rum and coke, then this book is for you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Merlin on May 29, 2011
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I expected a boring book filled with recipes. There are lots of recipes, but they are never boring! Instead, I was treated to beautiful photos, charmingly written information about cocktails, and even a place to take notes. I particularly liked the first chapter, "Recipes, You're not the Boss of Me!" If you want to read a true DIY, this is the book for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SingleEyePhotos on May 31, 2011
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This book is exactly what it says it is... not so much about recipes as about proportions and ratios and what-goes-with-what so that you can create your own personal drinks for family & friends. There are plenty of recipes, but they're used primarily to illustrate how things 'go together' to make a classic cocktail and to give you ideas. There are also lots of recipes for DIY ingredients to go into your creations. Definitely a book to keep on hand and reference periodically when inspiration strikes.

Note on Kindle formatting: Very good - the pictures worked well and the text was formatted nicely. There were a couple minor issues - like different font on a couple of headings here & there - but nothing major. My real quibble is that the chart at the back of the book that shows 'what-goes-with-what' seems to be much, much lighter that the regular text - making it very hard to read on a Kindle. I managed by increasing the font size, but that was a bit of a disappointment. I'm sure it had to to with the chart being an image rather than text, but it WAS still readable - just not as easily as the text was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Fletcher on December 23, 2011
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Fans of Michael Ruhlman's revolutionary Ratio will really appreciate Simmons & Halpren's new book. Like Ruhlman's fine text, this guide teaches you to think about cocktails in terms of ratios instead of recipes. Take the following formula: 9 parts strong to 1 part sweet + bitters gets you the original Old-Fashioned if you use rye and sugar. But start thinking about new combinations: tequila w/ agave and orange bitters? Whiskey with maple syrup? Possibilities become endless.

In order to increase your chances of cocktail success there are lots of nifty little tips and tricks stuffed into this book. In the appendix is a fun chart that illustrates flavor profiles of common ingredients you might use in a cocktail and what spirit it pairs well (similar to the concept of The Flavor Bible). Customization in cocktails extends to syrups, juices, liqueurs and infused spirits and this book teaches the techniques to create these items as well as provides suggestive recipes.

The organization isn't like one you'd find in a standard cocktail recipe book; it's not meant to be a browseable text that you flip through and decide "that's what I want to make!" There's quite a bit of explanation and technique discussed and it can be a little confusing if you don't realize that the chapters are devoted to a single ratio, and each chapter is subdivided by each part of the ratio. I think in this regard the book could've been better designed (for example putting all the recipes at the back for those who want to flip through quickly) but the content remains delightful.

The authors rightfully stress that knowing the ratios means you get to make the drinks that *you* enjoy, and not just the drinks others think you might enjoy. Although the book does contain the ratios for most of the old stand-bys, this book really shines in giving the home bartender the tools to create their own mixes. I would heartily recommend it to the budding mixologist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie-the-Greyhound on May 29, 2011
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though there are plenty of them! This book was published by the people from drinkoftheweek.com and is geared to the home 'mixologist'. It is not a recipe book or a formal book on how to be a professional bartender. Rather it gives a little interesting background behind 'the cocktail', and describes the basic knowledge, skills and tools needed to have fun at home with traditional drinks as well as making ones to your own tastes. A great emphasis is made on the ingredients in terms of nature, properties, content and quality as well as the importance of the proper ratios of the various ingredients.

I did not find this to be a book to read in one sitting, but rather to peruse and flip around to find interesting tidbits. My baseline is to enjoy wine, sake and the occasional beer. My idea of a mixed drink is a greyhound (of course), but now I have the idea I can find other drinks I will enjoy (I don't like sweet drinks!) and make for myself.

This book is a lot of fun and I'm sure to be flipping back to periodically.

Highly Recommended

JTG
(greyhound as in the dog, not drink, normally!)
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