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The Bartender's Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks Perfect Paperback – October 21, 2002

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&want to get one book of drink recipes? The Bartenders Best Friend' is the place to start& -- M2 Best Books, 9 May 2003

“…want to get one book of drink recipes? ‘The Bartenders Best Friend’ is the place to start…”(M2 Best Books, 9 May 2003)

From the Back Cover

The ultimate bartending guide!

Proven recipes, step-by-step instructions, and much, much more

Congratulations! You’ve just discovered the ultimate bartender’s guide that’s up-to-date, practical, and easy-to-use. Inside you’ll find recipes for hundreds of delicious cocktails and mixed drinks, plus step-by-step directions for making virtually every contemporary and classic drink ordered at bars and restaurants today–from an A.B.C. to a Zorbatini.

You’ll also find total coverage of bartending basics, including equipment, ingredients, techniques, glassware, and garnishes.

  • More than 850 recipes–listed alphabetically
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions and problem-solving tips
  • Fast-find icons–for classics, shooters, party punches, and more
  • Companion Web site for the latest drink innovations
  • Waterproof, wipe-dry cover with place-keeping ribbon
  • Mini-course on professional bartending
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471227218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471227212
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Bartender's Best Friend" is a good book to get you started in Bar-tending. It's not the best, but it is good. I love the illustration on this book. I also like that is has a large font, so you don't have to squint your eyes to read the small font like on other books. Another plus is the A-Z drinks they have on this book. Makes things easy to find (in a way) since everything is in alphabetical as best as it can be.

If you already know some drinks or have wonder behind the bar a few times before, I recommend to get the old faithful "Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's Guide" book. They have a bit more info and background on things. One thing they have a bit of a disadvantage is there is a "A-Z" base on the liquor of your choosing. Which can be a bit difficult to find drinks in.

Either-way, "The Bartender's Best Friend", is a good way to start for those who want to start in this "mixology" business.
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Got this book and was immediately impressed by the loads of recipes. However, there are some good ones missing and some of the recipes are tinkered with a bit (as most are), but that's just nitpicking. Overall an outstanding recipe book! Well worth the price!
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I have owned one of these books for a few years and my friends and I used to take it with us to our favorite bar and try all the different drinks. We had so much fun and the book was so convenient that I bought a second one as a gift for our favorite bartender so we didn't have to take mine all the time. It doesn't have every drink in it but I really like the way it's made and how easy it is to use. It has little stories about some of the drinks and some virgin drink recipes too, though that's not a reason to buy a mixology book, it's a nice touch and I'm sure it could be useful if you were throwing a party where not everyone would be drinking. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting an easy to use, inexpensive (especially for what I paid here on Amazon) little bartending guide-cheers!
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ALTHOUGH I'M NOT TRYING TO BE A PROFESSIONAL, I AM TRYING TO GET MY "HOME" BAR ON, AND ITS GOOD TO UNDERSTAND THE TERMINOLOGY, AND ORGIN OF THE DIFFERENT DRINKS, BLAH BLAH, I LOVE THE BOOK IT'S NOT A BUNCH OF TALK, IT GETS TO THE POINT, AND HAS SOME GREAT RECEIPIES TOO.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2002
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I'm so excited about this book. I've always wanted easy access to drink recipes....as they're supposed to be, not as twenty different people think they should be. The layout is wonderful. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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There are many standard drinks that aren't mentioned in this book, and some of the recipes are sweeter than I'd expect. But it's a good guide to the current state of the cocktail - The index list a hundred different "Martinis"; your classic book has seven at most.
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I bought this book as a gift for a person who seems to have everything, including a well-stocked bar. This a good reference. I bought this book after reading good reviews on line, and I echo their sentiment.
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Great guide, the best out of those that i've seen so far. It doesn't have fancy glossy pictures inside but a lot of useful info. It tells you how to stock your bar, explains every little tool and glass. Every cocktail has a small description and they are entertaining at times. I love the index at the end of the book - makes your life so much easier really.
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