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If you love cocktails and revere mixologists but don't always want to go out to enjoy your libations, you should thank your lucky stars that the editors at Imbibe have put together The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks From Coast to Coast. From fresh takes on classics to completely new creations, this recipe collection will keep cocktail aficianados busy recreating drinks by mixologists from across the country.
—Epicurious, epicurious.com

The American Cocktail comes to us from the editors of Imbibe magazine, and it often combines the unpretentiousness of See Mix Drink, the swank adventurism of PDT, and the photographic beauty of Bitters.
—Slate Magazine, slate.com

It's about time someone wrote a cocktail book that was geared towards both bartenders and serious cocktail aficionados and that home entertainers could relate to. Here you'll find fifty recipes that bartenders across the country have contributed--classic cocktails and modern twists on drinks your grandparents probably once enjoyed. Along with the recipes, there's a small peek into the history behind each.
—The Kitchn, thekitchn.com

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From wine, spirits and beer to coffee and tea, Imbibe celebrates the world in a glass. On the website (imbibemagazine.com) and in every issue of the award-winning magazine, Imbibe features the world's top drink destinations, recipes and in-depth stories exploring the fascinating people, places and flavors of liquid culture.

Sheri Giblin is a San Francisco-based photographer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811877992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877992
  • ASIN: 081187799X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Some cocktail books are intended for the casual mixologist, some are intended for the advanced user, and some are a mixture of both. Jim Meehan's The PDT Cocktail Book is an excellent example of the last category, as it's accessible to the inexperienced, yet valuable to the pro as well.

The American Cocktail, a new book put together by the editors of Imbibe Magazine, is definitely in the middle category. Although a novice cocktail fan would probably enjoy flipping through it, the recipes are really intended for those seeking a higher level of mixology.

When putting together this book, the editors did something very smart: they polled 50 of the best bartenders around the country, those men and women who are really dedicated to the craft of high-end cocktails, and asked them to submit a recipe.

The results are fascinating and unique, with a strong emphasis on bold flavors, local ingredients, and drinks that truly capture the essence of the bar/restaurant where they are served. This is cutting-edge mixology that is still, for the most part, accessible.

True, many of the recipes aren't going to be things that you can easily whip up at home. Several of them call for bespoke ingredients, complicated preparations, or obscure spirits, but by no means all of them.

Several of the bartenders I admire have drinks featured here, including Todd Thrasher from PX (Alexandria, VA), Jim Meehan from PDT (New York), Robert Heugel from Anvil (Houston), and Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Clyde Common (Portland). Having recipes from such experts makes this collection all the more valuable.

Readers looking for an introduction to cocktails or a list of simple recipes won't find much joy in The American Cocktail. But more experienced mixologists -- or those who want to up their game a little -- should definitely give this a look.
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Of all the magazines that I get, Imbibe is one of the few that I save for reference. When they came out with a cocktail book, I snapped it up as quick as I could, and it doesn't disappoint. If you love cocktails, and have a basically stocked bar, you can make dozens of great-tasting drinks that will impress you and your friends.
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This is a rich trove of carefully selected drinks. Some of the bottles listed are going to be hard to find, but don't let that stop you, there is a close substitute in your cabinet already. The photography is fantastic.
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I received my copy a couple of weeks ago and have already tried several of the recipes. They were all very tasty and easy to make, and it was easy to substitute small, local brands for ones with wider availability if needed. I love the size of the book and how it's broken down by region, so it's easy to thumb through, and I actually learned a lot of interesting tidbits about ingredients and drinks in different parts of the country. Beautiful photos are a big plus too, especially when they look like the actual drinks (at least the ones I made). Can't wait to make more cocktails from the book and hopefully get to check out some of the featured bars in my future travels. A great addition to any cocktail library.
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This was a Christmas gift for a friend, and I cannot begin to tell you how much he loves it. Everytime we go over to their house, he brings it out and shows us what he has made and thanks us again for the perfect gift.
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By gohaiku on December 6, 2011
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I've bought several cocktail books over the past couple of years, and this is at the top of the stack. It's not a rehash of a bunch of classic recipes, and it's not trying to reinvent the wheel with outlandish cocktails. It's just creative cocktails from credible bartenders presented in an approachable and interesting way--a lot like the magazine itself. I also appreciate the layout of the book, and the photos are amazing. Some regional ingredients mentioned aren't widely available, but I haven't found it hard to substitute things, and the book makes suggestions for that too. Nice work, Imbibe.
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I actually bought this twice by mistake, fortunately it makes a great gift.
It's from Imbibe, my favorite magazine, so expect quality print and beautiful pictures.
This is a well written book with some good tips, definitely Imbibe quality. But, I gave this a 4 two reasons.
First, it is divided into regions and requires some regional ingredients without much alternatives. So unless your from there, travel there, or have access to the ingredients you are pretty much SOL for quite a few of these cocktails.
Secondly, as with may Imbibe recipes, they can be a little fussy and overly complex. You can expect to buy some ingredients that may never be used other than that cocktail (but damn, that cocktail will be great).

I have no problems recommending this book (I did buy it twice...).
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