- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; Revised edition (June 1948)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385096836
- ISBN-13: 978-0385096836
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks Paperback – June, 1948
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The book is also fun for the historical perspective it offers. Not only are Embury's observations on Prohibition interesting (he lived through it) some of his recommendations on how to do things are informative in comparison to how they are done today. For example, he suggests getting large cocktail glasses--"no less than 3 ounces"! A typical cocktail glass today is over twice that size, though some cocktail enthusiasts now recommend using smaller glasses for classic styles of cocktails.
As good as this book is, shame on the publisher of this edition for allowing it to go to press with so many typos! Some reviewers charitably suggest that the typos also appeared in the earlier editions. I doubt this; they are the sort of typos one gets from OCR and relying on a word processor to clean up the OCR output, and then not doing a final page proof before going to press. (E.g. missing punctuation, "sued" for "used," page references to page XXX.Read more ›
(I don't know exactly how books are published these days, but I assume that a computer is involved and that it should be a simple exercise for a competent proofreader to make corrections using some form of text editor prior to publication. Of course, it is entirely possible that these errors were present in previous editions, but there is no reason why they shouldn't be corrected.)
Nonetheless, we should be grateful that this classic is now available as an affordable and otherwise finely executed reprint.
Embury is a wonderful writer with a dry wit. He clearly and methodically lays out cocktail basics so you can "roll your own." This isn't a book about chocolate martinis and sour apple martinis: it's old school, taking it cues from the pre-Prohibition era of bartending (1880s - 1920). While some of his own recipes are a bit boozy (like a 7-to-1 gin martini), he gives just not his recipes, but lists other "standard" recipes, critiques them, and then urges you to experiment and find what you like best. In the interest of completeness, he even lists cocktails he thinks are terrible ("... but boys will be boys.")
An aside: A recent web article about making the perfect sidecar found his sidecar to be much too boozy ... a problem they solved simply by adding 1 drop of orange bitters. I have a feeling Embury would fully approve of their meddling.
Not only does Embury describe the principles of a mixed drink, and the equipment that is useful in its preparation, but he also describes each base ingredient, each mixer and how to mix to get the best result. He also provides recipes for six basic cocktails and the practical possibilities in making your own.
There is also a chapter concerning "The Use and Abuse of Liquor", so you could argue that this is even a moral work.
TFAoMD is educational, entertaining, practical and an essential addition to the library of the serious mixologist. Moreover, it is beautifully written. What more could you ask for...?
Read this book, and may you never more suffer an intolorable, insipid cocktail again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an awesome reference book for the novice or experienced mixologist. Each section provides a history of the given cocktails - great for fun facts when mixing drinks with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Miller
Fantastic book, the author went into detail about not only the history of mixology but wrote about all the popular myths and most likely origin of certain drinks. Great book.Published 7 months ago by Greg
Too much of what passes for "cocktails" in most bars and restaurants is candy. Too sweet, no fresh juice, and crappy booze. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like others said, I very much appreciate the reprinting of this classic, but I will have to deduct one star for the typos. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Arkadi Bogdanov
Fantastic, one of a kind cocktail book and historical record.Published 9 months ago by Dennis Castro
Awesome book. For bartenders, drinkers, and patrons. Understanding the fundamentals with some comical relief makes for an enjoyable yet informative study. Bottoms up!Published 13 months ago by Sydney
For those of you who are more interested in the science and theory behind the modern cocktail, this book is amazing. Want a book on how to make shots? Look elsewhere.Published 14 months ago by daimon duggar
Enjoyable read that made for good conversation with friends.Published 16 months ago by kevin sherwood