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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061092207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061092206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

1001 cocktail recipes, listed in alphabetical order by ingredient and indexed by the name of the drink, from the packager and publisher of the phenomenally successful 365 Ways cookbook series (more than 2,000,000 copies sold). --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

About the Author

Gary Regan, bartender extraordinaire, was born over a pub in Lancashire, England. An expert on spirits and cocktails, he has written numerous articles on bar service and liquor. He has also worked as a consultant to restaurants and liquor companies, written about drinks and drinking, and coordinated with his wife Mardee Haidin Regan on a variety of food and beverage-oriented projects.

More About the Author

gaz regan, the bartender formerly known as Gary Regan, writes The Cocktailian, a bi-weekly column, for The San Francisco Chronicle. He has also written regular columns in The Malt Advocate, Nation's Restaurant News, Cheers Magazine, and The Wine Enthusiast, and his work has been featured in magazines such as Food Arts, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, Imbibe (UK & USA), and various others. His work is also published in magazines in the U.K., Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Russia.

gaz works regularly with companies such as Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, Heaven Hill, and other major spirits producers and marketers, and he travels the world holding workshops, judging cocktail competitions, and making public appearances. He's a regular judge at Diageo's World Class competition, he speaks at the London Cocktail Week, and he has judged cocktail competitions in Australia, France, London, Slovakia, and of course, the USA.

gaz also heads up the Bar Smarts Graduates Program for Pernod-Ricard USA -- it's a traveling roadshow of cocktail innovators, movers, and shakers that roams the USA highlighting innovative bartending techniques of the best of the best in the bar business.

gaz publishes a free e-mail newsletter, gaz regan's Notion, that reaches over 9,000 bartenders and consumers, and he maintains the Worldwide Bartender Database, an on-line community that's well over 2,000 strong. Over 80% of the members of this database are in the USA, and the vast majority of the best bars in America are represented here. gaz uses the database to let bartenders know about jobs, competitions, and festivals in The Weekly Shooter, and he also sends solid information to member bartenders in another weekly email newsletter, The Bartender's Bulletin.

gaz's first book, The Bartender's Bible, was published in 1991, and between 1995 and 1998, together with Mardee Haidin Regan, he co-wrote The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskey, The Bourbon Companion, New Classic Cocktails, and The Martini Companion.

gaz wrote The Joy of Mixology in 2003, the Bartender's GIN Compendium in 2009, and The Cocktailian Chronicles: The Professor Years, Volume 1, was published in June, 2010. gaz regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders was released in 2011, and if he gets a move on there will be another edition in 2013.

gaz also conducted Cocktails in the Country, a series of two-day bartender workshops, for seven years, from 2001 until 2007. During his 7-year run, gaz trained bartenders from top cocktail bars in New York, London, Bratislava, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and various other major cities.

gaz lives in a small village in the Hudson Valley, about 50 miles north-west of the Big Apple.

Customer Reviews

This book is excellent for beginner drinkers who attend bars.
M. Longstreet
The paperback currently sold as new apparently was not printed from the original typeset version.
Walter K. Ezell
This book lists drinks only by their main alcohol ingredient ONLY.
Mark Peery

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By j t beckham on June 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only thing this bartender's guide has going for it is its hard, oversized cover. Otherwise its only conceivable use is to feed a waning fire. I have been a bartender for over seven years, and I have read a dozen or so reference books. The Bartenders Bible is my least favorite of all. Its organizational system is ponderous and ultimately useless to a bartender in a pinch. It is polluted with obscurely named concoctions that make an experienced bartender wonder if the editors didn't just make them up to fill space. On top of that it is sloppy. If anyone can tell the difference between the "cosmos" pg96 and a daiquiri pg97, be my guest.
I don't know what Mr. Regan was thinking with this book? I have also read his "New Classic Cocktails" and found it to be a much better read. Whatever the cause, beware of this book. Just because it called a "Bible" doesn't mean it's a Good Book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MikeC65 on August 9, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
I must say I disagree with the point made in Mona L Moloney's review. She says the book is unusable because it is organized by ingredient, rather than by drink. What she is missing is that this book is to be used at HOME, not at a bar. The point to the way the book is organized is is that many home bars will have only a subset of all the kinds of alcoholic ingredients available, so the home user probably will want to look things up by ingredient to see what they are capable of making with what's on hand. Besides, there is an index anyway, so what's the problem? Just bear in mind that this book is designed for home use and for that it is quite useful. It could use a few more drinks, though. I must admit it is missing some obvious ones.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mona L Moloney on November 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a manager of a liquor store, I am always asked how to make various drinks. Bartenders Bible is the only guide supplied by our buyer, which is unfortunate. It is cumbersome to use as it is organized, even in the index, by type of alcohol used in the drink. Most people are asking what type of alcohol (vodka, rum, etc.) goes into such and such drink, so how can they efficiently look it up by this method? Also, the book seldom has the drinks people are looking for, but is loaded with obscure mixtures that no one has heard of or cares about. This is a very user-unfriendly book.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1999
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I think this book is great! I am very happy I purchased this book, because I found some recipies for some drinks I had long forgotten how to make. I love the index in the back of the book, I can find drinks my major ingredient or by the name of the drink. It's very helpful when I'm tending my home bar during parties. I've also picked up a few new "favorite" drinks by experimenting from this book. Pick up a copy today!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Krueger on August 19, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
I use this book fairly often and I respect the amount of work put into it. It is easy to use to find drinks and its format better allows the reader to encounter new ones. That is the great strength of organizing the book by main ingredient/type. If you know you like gin or scotch, you can find drinks that feature them. If you like tropical drinks, this is a surprising goldmine of ideas, as it has a good section for them. You don't have to flip through the entire alphabet to get an idea of the drinks you can make with the various bases. The one point of confusion I find is with some tropical drinks outside of that section. As any fool should know, many rum drinks are tropical, so looking in both sections would benefit you. But after all there's always the INDEX!
If you are trying to find a specific drink that you don't know how to make, why on earth wouldn't you use the alphabetically arranged index? Drinks in the index aren't listed just under their ingredients, they are also list by name. But the ingredient index is also very useful in planning the expansion of your bar. ...
The opening sections on how to do the things you need to do to set up your bar is useful. It's not complete by any means, but it's adequate for the beginner and intermediate home bartender. I find some of the recommendations for the stocking process odd. For example, Anisette, Pernod/Ricard, and Sambuca are all listed as items a small bar should have, yet these ingredients are hardly used in the enormous collection of drinks the Bible boasts. They also impart relatively the same flavor, and if that's what matters to you then you'd be better with one and then wait a long time to get the others. Irish Cream and other crucial ingredients don't make the "Small bar" list.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Justus Pendleton on April 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pretty much I agree with Brian Tomkiel's review. Complaints about looking things up confuse me, since there is an alphabetical index. There are drinks missing. But every single bartending guide I've looked at is missing one drink or another. In practice, I've never had problems with this book. Besides, most people who are asking for "popular" drinks like the Cosmopolitan and Hurricane know how they're made...it doesn't kill you to ask someone rather than looking in the book.
In the end, sure, maybe it's not perfect for bar use. Then again, I don't see the negative reviews suggesting what IS perfect for professional bar use. For home bar use, however, this book is the best of the many I have and have used.
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