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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 65 edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446676888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446676885
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mr. Boston is part of the Barton Brands group, and has been a widely-recognized name in the bartending world for over 60 years.  The Mr. Boston brand includes 65 editions of the Official Bartenders' and Party Guide, which has consistently out-sold and outlasted other bartending books, as well as a range of liquors and prepared cocktails. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Considering there are over 1200 recipes, we'll probably not even get through all the different recipes!
rural md transplant
Unfortunately, this is not true as the guide is severely lacking on drinks that have become popular in more recent years, especially among younger people.
P. Hsu
Time-Warner did not spend enough money in editing (and re-write) to catch that the Introduction still refers to the book as the 64th edition.
William Baker

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Hsu on September 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This guide has an astounding number of drink recepies, leading to the impression that were you to familiarize yourself with this guide you would know how to make virtually every drink that someone would ask you for. Unfortunately, this is not true as the guide is severely lacking on drinks that have become popular in more recent years, especially among younger people. Your grandfather may be content with this guide, but anyone in their 20's or early 30's is certain to find that several of their favorite drinks are lacking.

That aside, the book isn't a poor starter for someone who is just beginning. It has good advice on setting up a bar even if it is a little outdated, providing references to equipment that is no longer quite so commonly used.

The book claims to be "America's Favorite Drink Mixing Guide" and while it may be the most widely sold guide, I'd venture to say that many of those who purchase it are quite disappointed and reference it a lot less frequently that they envisioned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darby on August 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of those nifty little reference books to have on hand during a party, or behind the bar, when you just don't remember (or know) how to make a particular cocktail or mixed drink.

Strengths:
* Decent overview of the basic essentials of tending bar: tools, party planning, etc.
* Encyclopedic breadth of recipes, both old and new. You wanna make an old fashioned sloe-gin fizz ? No problem. Want to know how to make "simple syrup" for Caribbean drinks and classic cocktails from the roaring 20's ? It's in there. Perhaps some haute toity blue blood, huffing a tiparillo behind a pair of 1950's vintage hornrims (and a pile of bar cash) wants a Pousse Café (one of the most anal-retentive and pretentious mixed drinks ever devised, BTW) ? No problemo, and don't forget to pour the different layers of chartreuse across a spoon to keep the layers distinct ... not that (in all reality) you'll ever actually get an order for one.
* Conveniently sized and fonted to provide maximum information in a small book ... that easily fits in a bar kit, behind a counter, or near a cash register. Well indexed too. In other words, this is a book designed for regular use and quick reference ... not for sitting idle on your coffee table.

Weaknesses:
* It's rather weak on instruction - but in the book's defense, it's a reference book by design, not an instructional book, and it's targeted for people who already know basic bartending.
* It's a bit weak on frozen/blended drink techniques - overdue for ergonomic update and expansion.
* It could include more information on various specialty liqueurs, and their flavor/usage.
* I'm slighly annoyed that despite 60+ reprintings, there are relatively few changes from revision to revision.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
While there is a good deal of great information contained within its pages the guide desperately needs to be modernized. It lacks many of the most popular shooters, and has very few recipes for flavored vodkas and rum. I would strongly suggest either the playboy's bartender guide or bartending for dummies over this guide.
While there are some very nice full color pictures in the guide all of them are
Actually adds for the Mr. Boston brand of spirits. Also some of the recipes call for the Mr. Boston brad name of a drink instead of the generic name of the alcohol this can be very confusing since Mr. Boston is not available in all areas
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Ellis on December 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Look no further... this is the guide you will want handy at all of your parties. It is well organized and has very clear directions. Don't pass this up.
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By JAH on April 14, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Had a copy of this years ago ... always came in handy then ... fun to make the "old" cocktails again
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By Rod Barker on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lots of excellent information as well as all the drink concoctions you could ever want. Excellent reference on your bar top in the house.
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Format: Hardcover
Let me start off my saying we are not big time drinkers in the alcohol department. The 65th edition is what we have and I had given it as a stocking stuffer for my spouse. He finds it quite informative, refers to it often and we both enjoy 'experimenting' with all the different variations of the cocktails. Considering there are over 1200 recipes, we'll probably not even get through all the different recipes! We tend to bring it with us when we travel to use at our vacation stays or guests' homes. If one reads the introduction, you'll know that they have the same recipes as the 64th edition but just changed up the format as well as adding 300 new ones, a few bar tricks, jokes and party planning ideas. There is even recipes for 'low alcohol' drinks and 'no alcohol' drinks. This hardbound book only measures 7.5" x 4.25" so it can easily fit just about anywhere. I suppose if we needed to know the latest drinks, we'd have to find a recent issue or different book since this one is copyrighted from Dec 2000 but for less than $2, it has been well worth the price!
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The Old Mr. Boston Guide has been around since forever, and they keep updating it, decade after decade. It's complete, it's easy to use, it's engaging to read, and it's a standard item in anyone's liquor cabinet - right next to the shaker and the bottles of mixers. Odds are you'll never have to mix up a pitcher of Singapore Slings, but won't it be a comfort to you, knowing that if the occasion ever arose, you'd be able to?
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