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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811877992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877992
  • ASIN: 081187799X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love cocktails and revere mixologists but don't always want to go out to enjoy your libations, you should thank your lucky stars that the editors at Imbibe have put together The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks From Coast to Coast. From fresh takes on classics to completely new creations, this recipe collection will keep cocktail aficianados busy recreating drinks by mixologists from across the country.
—Epicurious, epicurious.com

The American Cocktail comes to us from the editors of Imbibe magazine, and it often combines the unpretentiousness of See Mix Drink, the swank adventurism of PDT, and the photographic beauty of Bitters.
—Slate Magazine, slate.com

It's about time someone wrote a cocktail book that was geared towards both bartenders and serious cocktail aficionados and that home entertainers could relate to. Here you'll find fifty recipes that bartenders across the country have contributed--classic cocktails and modern twists on drinks your grandparents probably once enjoyed. Along with the recipes, there's a small peek into the history behind each.
—The Kitchn, thekitchn.com

About the Author

From wine, spirits and beer to coffee and tea, Imbibe celebrates the world in a glass. On the website (imbibemagazine.com) and in every issue of the award-winning magazine, Imbibe features the world's top drink destinations, recipes and in-depth stories exploring the fascinating people, places and flavors of liquid culture.

Sheri Giblin is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Some cocktail books are intended for the casual mixologist, some are intended for the advanced user, and some are a mixture of both. Jim Meehan's The PDT Cocktail Book is an excellent example of the last category, as it's accessible to the inexperienced, yet valuable to the pro as well.

The American Cocktail, a new book put together by the editors of Imbibe Magazine, is definitely in the middle category. Although a novice cocktail fan would probably enjoy flipping through it, the recipes are really intended for those seeking a higher level of mixology.

When putting together this book, the editors did something very smart: they polled 50 of the best bartenders around the country, those men and women who are really dedicated to the craft of high-end cocktails, and asked them to submit a recipe.

The results are fascinating and unique, with a strong emphasis on bold flavors, local ingredients, and drinks that truly capture the essence of the bar/restaurant where they are served. This is cutting-edge mixology that is still, for the most part, accessible.

True, many of the recipes aren't going to be things that you can easily whip up at home. Several of them call for bespoke ingredients, complicated preparations, or obscure spirits, but by no means all of them.

Several of the bartenders I admire have drinks featured here, including Todd Thrasher from PX (Alexandria, VA), Jim Meehan from PDT (New York), Robert Heugel from Anvil (Houston), and Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Clyde Common (Portland). Having recipes from such experts makes this collection all the more valuable.

Readers looking for an introduction to cocktails or a list of simple recipes won't find much joy in The American Cocktail. But more experienced mixologists -- or those who want to up their game a little -- should definitely give this a look.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CTB on January 11, 2013
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My current hobby is learning how to make/perfect both classic and new cocktails, so I was really looking forward to this collection of cocktails that consisted of the favorite recipes of 50 great contemporary bartenders. However, the one problem with the concept of this book is that there is a trend among many professional bartenders to incorporate esoteric, expensive, or hard-to-locate ingredients in their drink recipes. I understand why they do this. It allows them to distance themselves from their competition. However, when it comes to duplicating some of these recipes in this book, the reader is going to be challenged by the recipes to find ingredients like: Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Cynar, Rothman & Winter Apricot liqueur, Woodchuck Amber hard cider, Averna, nocino, H Huckleberry liqueur, Ramazzotti, Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, Mud Puddle Chocolate Vodka, and Navan Vanilla Liqueur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bgood on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy a couple of weeks ago and have already tried several of the recipes. They were all very tasty and easy to make, and it was easy to substitute small, local brands for ones with wider availability if needed. I love the size of the book and how it's broken down by region, so it's easy to thumb through, and I actually learned a lot of interesting tidbits about ingredients and drinks in different parts of the country. Beautiful photos are a big plus too, especially when they look like the actual drinks (at least the ones I made). Can't wait to make more cocktails from the book and hopefully get to check out some of the featured bars in my future travels. A great addition to any cocktail library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 12, 2013
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This is a rich trove of carefully selected drinks. Some of the bottles listed are going to be hard to find, but don't let that stop you, there is a close substitute in your cabinet already. The photography is fantastic.
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