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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854986
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz have combined 16 years of bartending experience, with more than six at Absinthe in San Francisco. Jeff lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz have combined 16 years of bartending experience, with more than six at Absinthe in San Francisco. Rob lives in Manhattan.

Frankie Frankeny is a San Francisco-based photographer whose work has illustrated many books, including The Wine Lover's Dessert Book.

Georgeanne Brennan is the James Beard Award-winning author of numerous cookbooks such as Great Greens. She lives in Northern California and France.

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This book is full of great recipes, photographs and good reading.
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We have a few cocktail books we swear by, including Dale DeGroff's classic Craft of the Cocktail.
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I can recommend anyone who is serious about their drink to pick up a copy of this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamp on November 2, 2007
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A must have for home bartenders that want to maintain a consummate menu in their bar. The book discusses unique ingredients, their uses, and even gives the recipes for various drinks served at the Absinthe Brasserie and Bar in San Francisco.

Why use Maraschino cherries in your bar when you can make homemade Brandied Cherries? Need to sweeten things up a little there are multiple syrups such as the simple syrup or even a balsamic syrup.

Don't be mistaken, this is neither a long read or an in-depth study of Mixology. At the same time, it is not just a recipe book without a soul. The gentlemen that wrote the book provided a perfect balance of ingredients to come up with a cocktail that they have proudly named "The Art of the Bar".

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Friedenthal MD on February 7, 2007
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Very professional mixologists who have an honest and organic approach to cocktails. There is a real discussion of the principals of ingredients and blending. IMHO this is as enjoyable in its own way as Degroff's "The Craft of the Cocktail."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Art of the Bar is a solid book of how to make classic cocktails. The two bartenders that wrote this book describe cocktails from start to finish, using experience from their many years of tending bar. There is a wonderful change in style for cocktails, long gone is Tom Cruise in Cocktail doing a floor show while mixing drinks. Instead this is a book of fine nuanced drinks, carefully prepared one at a time.

This is a large pretty book; many cocktails are presented with a color picture to show the best way to complete the drink. The authors cover a lot of ground with their recipes, from absinthe to whiskies (they even include Vodka, avoided by some of the cocktail snobs). On purpose they avoided the sweet blender drinks, not denigrating them simply saying that their bar is not at a beach or a cruise ship. There are two pages at the front of the book that list all the cocktails with ingredients. I like these two pages because I find myself with specific ingredients and scan those pages to find cocktails I can make at that moment.

A book of recipes is nice. The authors took things to another level with the text. They include the history of some of the major cocktails. This is a good book for somebody that wants to take making drinks to another level. There is excellent advice on all the important things, ingredients (ice, spirits, garnish, etc.), equipment to mix drinks, glassware, and presentation. The majority of the text is about why certain drinks have those ingredients and how to make the best darn cocktail possible. The one criticism I have with the book, the authors mention their bar and restaurant a bit too much. After the 50th mention, I began to think this was an advertisement for their bar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on January 19, 2011
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this is just fun
it's like your talking with your favorite bartender and learning about different/hard-to-find liquors and different cocktails

no, it's not an intellectual book by any means, which is why i got it
it's one of those things you pick up every once and a while and think, 'oh, interesting' after reading a short passage about an obscure liquor
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Senk VINE VOICE on February 6, 2009
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The San Francisco restaurant Absinthe is revered for its bartenders, and here we get a sneak peak into the way their minds work. It's a book that includes some philosophy, a lot of recipes, and even more opinions on things that really make a difference. Like ice, or glassware.

We have a few cocktail books we swear by, including Dale DeGroff's classic Craft of the Cocktail. While there are some overlapping recipes and so forth, this book is a must-have for us. We find the recipes easy to use and tempting, and the text inspirational and educational.

Makes us miss San Francisco a lot, but very glad we can have little Absinthe bar time right in our own home.
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By Jim vinson on June 30, 2014
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This is a neat book for the coffee table, and to look at casually. The photos are great, but it's not sized right to be behind a bar.
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By M1tche11 on April 27, 2014
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I love the book, nice pictures. I've been to that bar in SF and it's great. The only drawback is you can't really make any of the cocktails yourself because most of the ingredients are pretty obscure/rare alcohols.
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Good coffee table book, nice read and good cocktail recipes. Also good how-to for mixing techniques. Great gift for cocktail enthusiast or someone just learning the culture.
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