- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 75th Anniversary Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470882344
- ISBN-13: 978-0470882344
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 15, 2011
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It has an interesting introduction, telling about Leo Cotton, the `father' of the guide and also about the present state of cocktail consumption. There are about 150 new recipes, none using premixes. Some ways to make various syrups are included, attempting to make the cocktails more natural and flavorful. This is an enhancement, especially for cocktail connoisseurs.
The book is really a complete guide to making good cocktails and how you can have extensive bartending techniques. Tips are included on how to be a professional/good bartender. Equipment lists and glassware with tiny silhouettes are listed, also what the well-stocked bar should have; mixing, chilling, and serving as well as charts giving measures are incorporated in the pages.
Instructions to make classic cocktails, with some information about each, then drinks made with: brandy, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskies, cordials and liqueurs, shooters, frozen drinks, hot, eggnogs and punches, wine and beer in mixed drinks and nonalcoholic drinks are all described. It would be a pretty obscure drink, not to be recorded here.
Resources with web sites, a glossary and an index complete the multitude of information included in this compact book.
This book is perfect for the home bar. The book is like having an unpretentious bartender friend come over to your house and give you mini lessons on what kind of bar equipment you need, how to stock your bar . . . and, most importantly, how to make drinks. By explaining the "nature" of different drinks, you get a feeling for why they work. Despite all the other useful and interesting info, the majority of the book is dedicated to drink recipes. None of them call for mixes -- there is a focus on using fresh lemon or lime juice, as well as instructions on how to make your own simple syrup. That said, you won't find a bunch of difficult or complex drinks that call for you to spend half an hour preparing ingredients like some of the newer fancy cocktail books appear. There are some newer recipes, but the book is mostly dedicated to classic drinks.
The size of perfect -- we can actually store it on top of the bar, but it would easily fit on a shelf or wherever you need it. The type is small but readable.
Overall, this book is a gem for the home bar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loaded with great mixers, love the historical facts to the drinks. A great bar side bible.Published 3 months ago by Deny D
A classic book that details the drinks of the past and present. A perfect fit for every bartender that might be called on to pour something made for your father or forefathers..Published 3 months ago by Jo Clarke
This book is very helpful. I owned a very old version of it from the '80s and decided to get an updated version with current drink recipes.Published 6 months ago by J. Sugar
My fiance and I got this to help expand our drink knowledge. There a several good and bad drinks in here, but there is something for every taste.Published 7 months ago by Tyler Lewis
This is the definitive guide for anyone who wants to learn more or even just compliment their knowledge on mixing drinks. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nikhil Sharma
One of the best bar-tending books you will ever buy hands down. don't mess with all the rest of them, go straight to this and you will save time, effort, and aggravation.Published 11 months ago by 4N6Psych
The book is well bound if a little stiff, nice page thickness, good printing, doesn't smudge. Read more