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Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's and Party Guide (Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's & Party Guide) Hardcover – November 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's & Party Guide
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised edition (November 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597329
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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 66 editions of the Official Bartenders' and Party Guide, which has consistently outsold and outlasted other bartending books, as well as a range of liquors and prepared cocktails.

Customer Reviews

Several winners here!!
J. Hendrick
With over 1200 recipes Mr. Boston will give you plenty of recipes to choose from and experiment with.
iBoozer.com
This is a book for the home or business.
David R Cobb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By thebartend@thebartend.com on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. Bostons Official Bartenders Book, thats what you will find. From pubs in Scotland to hole in the wall bars in Hawaii, bartenders all over the world use this book. I find that no matter what, I always find this book usefull and it's always close at hand. The information is given in a style that a bartender understands. It does lack many of the "Trendy drinks" but those are hard to keep up with since you would have to publish a new version each month. But it does contain almost every tradional drink around and even some I havent heard of before!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Best bar guide I've read; concise, excellent variety. What I especially like is that the recipes are from scratch; no powder or liquid mixes. It does list liquor ingredients by Mr. Boston brands but one can easily substitute one's favorite liquors. Also gives good basics on barware, glasses, measurements and more.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By iBoozer.com on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Concidered by many to be the bible of bartending, Mr. Boston has been a bestseller since 1935. Filled with information covering everything from how setup a homebar, flaming a drink, to party planning Mr. Boston is a must have for anyone interested in mixology. With over 1200 recipes Mr. Boston will give you plenty of recipes to choose from and experiment with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
It keeps getting better every time. newr recipes always show in the new editions. keep up the good work. Could use a way for us, the consumers, to help update the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sseale on August 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although this is considered by many to be the bible of bartending, I found that it is incomplete. There are many newer drinks that are not mentioned. Unfortionately, many of the guides that have a more complete drink list do not have as much peripheral information. This book is really good at helping a person set up their own home bar. It also has little fun facts about alcohol and toasts from around the world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is pretty standard bar fare and I surely wonder how that happened -- many of the recipes are not completely accurate. I've seen dozens of bar guides (out of print, wouldn't you know) that give a much better representation. Experienced bar men will scoff at the old boy, but for the beginner, this is definitely acceptable; You will be provided with the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Young on August 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have tried several guides over time and years ago settled on Mr. Boston's guide. It provides accurate ratios and, best of all, a picture of the recommended glassware for each drink. It is simple, easy to follow and provides information such as sections on Eggnogs, Punches, the usage of Wine in Mixed Drinks and even Non-Alcoholic drinks.

The book is broken down by type of alcohol (also Shooters, Cordials, Frozen Drinks, etc.) and has a complete alphabetical index in the back. This means if you have a bottle of Tequila you have an entire section (45 mixes) from which to choose a drink. On the other hand, if your in-law wants to throw you a curve ball and asks for a Rum Runner you know you will find it on page 66.

Color photographs scattered throughout complete this guide giving a visual for many different drinks and the glassware recommended. Also included is how to stock your bar, how to float liqueurs, the art of pouring, chilling and muddling and much more.

I not only use this book in my own home but often include it as part of a housewarming gift basket.

If only it was spiral bound it would be a five-star guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quickhappy on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The publishers of this guide simply aren't making an effort: they just reprint this book year after year. They fail to take notice of readers' hopes for changes, as well as the changed landscape for alcoholic drinks. Until we stop buying this awful book, they'll keep printing it.

One of the major weaknesses of the book is its index. Want to find all drinks with orange juice? No go. How about a "hot toddy?" Sorry--you have to look up "hot brandy toddy," but that's not its common name! Maybe you'd like to make something with the last of your coffee liquor, so maybe the index or table of contents will guide you there? No ma'am.

Then, as many reviewers have mentioned, half the drinks in the guide are dated, and countless modern favorites are not included. If I were buying a drink guide I would definitely look elsewhere.
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