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If you are looking for a book of 700 cocktail recipes, this is NOT it.,
This review is from: The Essential Bartender's Guide (Spiral-bound)It's better than that. It's an education on the classic methods, using fresh ingredients. Not one recipe in the book calls for 'sour mix', and even has a section of juices to let us know which juices are OK to pour from a bottle and which should only be used fresh from the fruit. Robert goes over glassware, the basics of distillation, nuances of bitters varietals, and a host of other topics. Enough that you are on page 99 of this 224 page book before you see the first drink recipe. Each recipe tells you what type of glass, what garnish, and even what order to do things in to get a proper looking and tasting cocktail. Along with that you get a ton of history and quite a few excellent photographs of prepared drinks.
One big bonus, the hardcover-over-spiral-binding lays flat on your counter while you read along and perfect your craft.
Overall, an excellent beginner's book for the basics, and some classic's like Trader Vic's original Mai Tai recipe from 1944 that I simply must procure the ingredients for that are sure to get some experienced pros away from the 'mixers' and back to making things right.