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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
I bought this book for my boyfriend for his birthday, and we regularly mix drinks from it. I would say that in general, there are fewer mixed drink recipes than I have found in other books. However, there is a fantastic ingredient guide, which lists all of the drinks and the ingredients they include in a convenient table. This makes it simple to find the drinks we can mix from our liquor cabinet. With other books, I am frequently frustrated by flipping through drink after drink that requires some exotic liquor I don't have.

There is perhaps a slant in the book toward strongly alcoholic drinks--not many "girly" drinks where you can barely taste the alcohol. If you are looking for a book that artfully mixes various liquors into delicious cocktails so that you can really taste and appreciate each ingredient, you have found the right book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
Here's my too-personal true review: I really loved this book, I like to cook and entertain, having used it to really just learn the history and 'family tree' of different popular drinks, I bought it for my husband. For many years he dismissed the book as a lousy gift and would insist on making the mix drinks in the most horrible fashion. Eventually I divorced him and made a point to get the book back, rerouted it to a cute boy I met in Mexico...who is less than a year later a barman for rockstars and loves his career, and has fabulous reviews of his drinks! that's endorsement
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2009
Gary Regan starts the book about cocktails with at least eight different versions about the origin of the word 'cocktail'. And the thoroughness for subject matter does not end there. We are taken through a brief history of how drinks came to be mixed an similarly detailed accounts of famous bartenders, noteworthy bitters makers, etc. It's a factoid filled book, one which contains so much information I hope I can retain a third of it. But Gary Regan's fascination and enthusiasm for the subject of mixing drinks is contagious and makes the academic study of mixed drinks enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Regan does a very good job with the history of the cocktail, a select group of important cocktails to know how to make, and a "drink families" guide to help the aspiring bartender remember just what is which and which is what (or something like that). I would caution that Mr. Regan embellishes a little too much on his personal creations, or "drink family" of squirrels. No one would ever stock the nonsense that he places in this family at a common bar. In conclusion, cut off about 50 pages of this book and you have a basic stellar guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2015
I have been thrilled with this book, and have cracked it open to recipes many a time. The recipes all work wonderfully, and his system of organizing cocktails makes it easy to understand and memorize drinks.
This book is more useful as a reference than a manual though, and I would recommend Jeffrey Morgenthalers "Bar Book" first to learn technique, as without it, many of these drinks would have come up sub-par from my understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2010
Very interesting and has caused me to crave a good cocktail more often. Just now getting into the recipes. I have become the amateur mixologist with my family and always enjoy trying new things. I really love how this book equips you with the knowledge to begin to come up with variations of the classic martinis. I highly recommend this book.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This book was written out of passion,not for the money.Extremely complete.I own a large collection of cocktail books and I must say that they have become completely obsolete.This is a real classic with an expanded drink history section.Do you wanna know how it all began?Do you wanna learn the real craft?Buy it now before it's too late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on January 16, 2013
This book basically consists of three main sections, with general advice to the would-be-professional or home bartender strewn throughout.

The first section covers the history of mixed drinks. It effectively debunks the myth that cocktails started, or were even popularized, as a result of bad liquor during prohibition. It follows a series of colorful individuals, bars, cocktail books and drinks from the early 1700s up till recent years. It takes you through some of the tastes and shifting attitudes towards liquors over a few centuries. This provides an excellent series of stories to share as your guests are waiting patiently for you to finish the shake and finally pour them their drink.

The second section is unique to the recipe books I have seen. It essentially splits up the mixed drinks into a series of 'families'. A given family will list the "slots" that different liquors/juices/flavorings will fit into, establishing relationships with what are generally understood to be good drinks. There are a few orphans, but the vast majority of popular drinks fit nicely into these families. The two basic purposes of this section are a memory aid, and a guide to building your own drinks. As a memory aid, it gives you a framework to fit drinks into, as you come across them 'in the wild'. As a guide to building your own drinks, looking at the different recipes in a family gives you an idea of the level of balance needed, and helps to avoid drinks that are too 'busy'.

The third section, the bulk of the book, is a collection of recipes for cocktails. Although in some ways this is the most expected section, he does a good job of explaining a bit of the history or construction with each drink. Each of these has been tested by him, and every drink I've tried from the book has been good to excellent (even if I do adjust the recipes to my personal taste, as he recommends several times). Each of the drinks is labeled according to which family from the second section, it fits into.

This is an excellent book, the drink families are a good strategy for approaching new drinks, the recipes are quite good, and the history is interesting. At the moment, it is the only home bartending book I feel that I need (though I own several). If that changes in the future, the extensive bibliography will be the first place I go to see what else I should look at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2014
I've worked as a cocktail bartender for a long time and I consider myself a mixologist. This book is without a doubt my bible when it comes to cocktails and the art of bartending. Hats off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
It is quite an insteresting read, but the first chapters are a massive wall of text. I do believe it could use more images to make it more pleasing. Nevertheless, totally worth it.
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