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The Little Black Book of Cocktails: The Essential Guide to New & Old Classics (Little Black Books (Peter Pauper Hardcover)) Spiral-bound – July 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Little Black Books (Peter Pauper Hardcover)
  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Pauper Press; Spi edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088088360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880883603
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I picked up this book because it's small and it's spiral bound and lays flat when open. What is actually in the book I found to be very useful.
This book covers essential barware, glassware (with drawings), mixers/garnishes, and techniques (including how to flame a drink & how to properly layer drinks). The drink recipes are broken down into these categories: Cocktails Classique, The Martini, Urban Chic, Punch Up That Party, From the Tropics, Naughty Drinks, and Finishing Touches. The drinks I have tried so far have been very good, and have a good jumping board for alcohol to mixer ratio in each recipe.
There is also a glossary with some brief descriptions of the liquors, types of cocktails (ie Sling, Rickey), and various other terms associated with mixing.
Perhaps the most helpful part of this book is the index. This lists all the drinks first by name, then by primary alcohol, and finally by color/flavoring. Very handy when you have only one particular liquor on hand. Overall, it's perhaps the only book needed for a casual at home mixing experience.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Walter K. Ezell on January 8, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I ordered this book soon after embarking on a project to photograph a beverage a day for 365 days. Among my growing collection of bar books, this is one I will continue to refer to.

It is useful if for a novice if not ideal, covering what mixers, garnishes and equipment are needed to stock a bar. Each recipe tells what kind of glass and garnishes to use, but I had to ask a friend what "cracked ice" is. He said whack it with a spoon.

The three indexes are especially helpful. They cover "Drinks by Name," "Drinks by Primary Alcoholic Ingredient," and "Drinks by Color/Flavoring." Today I have freshly squeezed orange juice. The third index offers 6 orange juice choices, though surprisingly not Tequila Sunrise, which does appear in the first two indexes. Still, the book is small enough for browsing.

As a genuine novice (who else doesn't know what cracked ice is?), I need more help with the presentation of beverages than I get from this book. The well-worded instructions are no match for a good photo. Even though there is 4-color process printing on every page, there are no photos. The 9 drawings of glassware in the first chapter are crude but adequate.

As a career printer with a special interest in binding, I was intrigued by this beautifully crafted book. A slight swatch of the striped end papers is reproduced on the edge of every page and is carried through on the cover as well. The concealed wire-o binding, rounded corners and built-in elastic bookmark are all signs of a small publisher who loves the business of designing and crafting a book. The result is a small volume that is a delight to hold and an ideal gift.

I visited the website of the publisher, Peter Pauper Press, and it turns out they have dozens of different books in this format.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Cruz on May 20, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I was really impressed with this little book. It wasn't just a cookbook for drinks. Rather, it emphasizes the elegance of mixing drinks. Some people might think this book is a little pretentious, but then again, mixing cocktails is sort of a pretentious thing to do. The book does a good job of making the art of mixing cocktails seem very grown-up and swanky.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Coburn on June 11, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
We recently had a cocktail party, and put this book on the bar so people could check it out and try something new. It was a hit with all, which included 20-somethings to 50-somethings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bekki on June 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great little book for the beginner or the curious. I ordered the kindle version and had a blast just skimming over each recipe - I got through the whole thing in probably an hour. I want to make it clear that I haven't actually tried to mix any of the drink recipes yet, but as a former waitress whose spent countless hours around bartenders, they look exactly what I saw friends making or what they've made for me. The authors also make it clear that their recipes are oftentimes just outlines from which you can add and takeaway as you please. Nothing too exotic or hard to execute in here (no raw egg in the whiskey sour, for instance) but that just makes it all the more approachable. The authors do a great job of listing home bar necessities and different types of glassware without getting too bogged down in details. The kindle version has clean and crisp text - no big color pictures in this book, which works well for the ebook set. I particularly like having it on kindle so I can open to the drink I want and leave it flat and open on the bar as I'm mixing my drinks. Also, I can have it on my smartphone using the kindle app and search for something new and interesting that I've never had next time I'm at the bar.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Young on May 20, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book simply has it all. The book begins with a simple discussion of the variety of drinks, glassware, and garnishes used for cocktails. However, the majority of the book is devoted to a wide variety of recipes. This book covers the most simple of drinks such as the vodka martini, the classics such as the Bloody Mary, as well as many others that I have never encountered. The punch recipes for a larger gathering/party will especially come in handy.

The book with its spiral bounding makes it especially easy to read and use while mixing. The book does have an elastic strap, however I never used this. Finally, an appendix at the end of the book makes it easy to find drinks based on taste or appearance.

Overall, the witty writing, quotes, and historical inserts made this a very enjoyable book.
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