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"As much as you like to drink drinks, when you get behind the bar to mix them, your repertoire is limited to about 3. The Gentleman’s Guide To Cocktails contains a whopping 150 recipes for you to work with. After all, if given a choice, your friends will probably drink something besides a vodka soda. " ~WERD.com

"At first glance, The Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails looks like it could have been left lying around on the set of Mad Men. We can only assume that that was intentional, because the only thing that the people on the set of Mad Men seem to love more than drama, women and cigarettes is booze." ~Coolmaterial.com

"Sometimes you don't want to drink beer. Read this book and know what to order next time you're craving some whiskey and taking shots is out of the question." ~The College Gentleman

"A definitive cataloge of the most suave cocktails...It's the ultimate guide for a cocktail barman. ...This book will turn the wannabe barman into the perfect cocktail party host." ~The Fancy

About the Author

Alfred Tong is a freelance journalist and fashion brand consultant. He lives in London with his cocktail shaker. Jack Hughes works extensively across Europe, with his work regularly appearing in The Telegraph, Time Out and other leading publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742704107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742704104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mitchell on October 8, 2012
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After finally starting to watch Mad Men, I know I'm a little late to the cocktail party, my friend bought this guide for me. It is eloquent, to the point but not blunt. The illustrations are classic 60's style, I almost want to cut them out and mount them on a mat board, frame them, and hang them around the apartment. The cocktail recipes are almost exactly to my liking and instructions are very easy to follow. My only qualm is that I don't care too much for maraschino cherries, I prefer the real thing, but that's really no big deal. Overall a great buy for a fan of Mad Men, for a guy who likes a properly fitted suit, or appreciates a finely mixed cocktail - like the Old Fashioned I'm currently enjoying as I write my first Amazon review.
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By WABIGATEEJ on October 29, 2012
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Good, informative book with great graphic design. It shows etiquette, recipes, and general history and behavior of society when it comes to cocktails. Recommend to anyone.
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This book is attractive and does well to mimic the Mad Men style artistry. That is about all that could be said. The organization of the book is terrible. I've found many of the cocktail recipes to be off. Really disappointed in this.
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By Alli on January 24, 2014
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Excellent purchase for those who wish to have their male counterparts concocting assortments of delicious beverages. Love the recipes, would highly recommend
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I bought this for my boyfriend as a birthday gift. We love going out and trying new drinks together and exploring our knowledge of cocktails and such. I bought a "bartender beginner" kit including all the basics to make your own cocktail drinks. I included some books, this being one of them, so he could reference them. The retro themed pictures and descriptions first intrigued me but when it arrived, I couldn't have been more happier! I loved it! The pictures were great! Each page has a recipe and a tip or trick for the lifestyle of going out. There are different themes throughout the book, chapters if you will, of the lifestyle, culture, even movie-inspired drinks from back in the day! It was a great book, not only to have in his library but also just to read! I'm even considering buying it when the holiday season rolls around for some other guy friends. 10/10 would recommend.
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First off, this is a very entertaining book to flip through. I bought it as a stocking stuffer for my husband and we had fun reading through it. That said, we haven't tried any of the drinks in it at this time so I can't really rate it on the recipes. There is a vast assortment of cocktails to try with a lot of fun comments and reading intermixed. The book arrived with some bent pages because of the way it was packaged from Amazon, otherwise very happy with this purchase.
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I have been trying to introduce myself to the classic cocktails as of late, and this is the perfect book to do that with. I have definitely learned my fill. As well as recipes, you will be informed of everything you need to have the perfect at home bar. Great guide to have at home.
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The cocktail book was exactly what it advertised itself as. Very Mad Men inspired. My boyfriend loved his gift and reading about some history of classic cocktails, the utensils used, proper etiquette, and is excited for a cocktail party we are planning using some tips from the book.
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