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The Biggest and Best if its Kind
The standard reference to more than 2,400 drinks
Including nonalcoholic drinks
Plus drinks for dieters
Every recipe illustrated with proper glass
Learn how to create the perfect drink for every occasion
You don't need to take a mixology course to master the art of mixing drinks with style and confidence. All you need to know is in the Complete World Bartender Guide. From classic cocktails to little-known concoctions, this comprehensive reference contains easy-to-follow recipes for more than 2,400 drinks that will make you the toast of any party. This indispensable resource also includes:
- Handy tips on setting up your bar and buying the right amount of liquor and supplies
- Illustrations of proper glassware next to each recipe
- Instructions for brewing beer
- Professional tricks and shortcuts
- Drinks for dieters
- More than 200 recipes for delicious nonalcoholic drinks
- Expert advice on selecting and serving wine
- And much more!
The ultimate bar-top reference

About the Author

Bob Sennett is also the author of The International Drinker's Companion.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055329900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553299007
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Haftl on July 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is filled with different drinks, but it seems none of them are made today (in the USA, at least) I recommend buying another book if you plan on being a bartender or serving drinks at home. If bizarre cocktails from the 20s are what your looking for, then buy this book.
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entirely old fashioned drinks, many you may have never heard of before. since old fashioned drinks have become trendy lately, more of these recipies are popping up on hip specialty drink lists of lounge bars. don't expect to use any of the latest schnapps with these drinks, and many of them include natural ingredients for flavoring.
be sure to have a modern bartending book for pleasing the crowd, but this should be for secret specialties from years gone by.
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I have the previous edition. This book has been around forever, it seems. It is one of those cheap books slapped together by someone who may not really understand what he is assembling. In this case it is an absolute treasure of classic cocktail and beverage recipes. It is a time capsule. A famous image of Jerry Thomas mixing a Blue Blazer graces the introduction of the previous edition, but is unidentified! For many years, up till the middle of this past decade, it was the only place to find true classic recipes...and there are thousands in this volume! It is the cheapest way by far to have a complete recipe collection for classic cocktails, punches, flips, sangarees, toddies, cobblers, etc. It reaches far back to the early 19th Century and carries through to Prohibition, into the Post-Prohibition revival and is peppered with a smattering of "modern" recipes.
Where does one find true Peach Brandy these days? Nowhere. How 'bout a recipe for making your own? It's in there. Need a recipe for making mead? Yep. It even lists Abbot's Bitters as a 'must have' for any bar, being that it's one of the "most popular". Abbott's has been defunct since the 1950s.
Definitely worth putting on your shelf along with Gary Regan's "Joy of Mixology", David Wondrich's "Imbibe", and Ted Haigh's "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails". Get it as a curiosity, use it for making great drinks from by-gone eras!
Recipes are listed alphabetically, not by family or style, therefore this book is really only effective if you are using it as a repository of recipes & have read up on the various types & know what you're looking for in it.
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I purchased this book mainly for a wider array of recipes, however, I was a bit disappointed with its contents. Although it has more than 2,400 drinks included, it boasts more old-fashioned type of drink, it did not even include a White Russian! Also, some of the recipes I did not agree with because they have evolved over time. I would not recommend it as a ready-reference for bar personnel since it is too out-dated for today's drinking crowd.
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