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"Drink & Tell is an excellent tour of Boston's cocktail world, and a fine look at local dedication to quality and innovation. Some of the best bartenders in the country are working in Boston, and they deserve a wider spotlight. Cheers to Yarm for providing it." - SeriousEats

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Drink & Tell is not a big, glossy, coffee table cocktail book. It doesn't have to be. What Fred Yarm has done... is assemble a personal modern history of drinks around Boston. Basically, he has used his years of research... and given it to us in one concise reference." - BostonGlobe


"Compiling more than 500 recipes from some 40 bars throughout the city, the book is a great tool for the home bartender looking to branch out." - Metro

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It's an excellent cocktail book... there are plenty of "basic" or "classic" cocktail books out there, but Drink & Tell goes a different direction and features new or evolutionary cocktails from bartenders all over Boston. What you get is 500 recipes that expand your repertoire and offer inspiration. If you feel like 'you've tried them all,' Drink & Tell will suggest otherwise." - PutneyFarms

About the Author

Fred Yarm is a blogger, author, and cocktail enthusiast living in Boston, Massachusetts. His work researching the recipes of the Boston cocktail scene for the Cocktail Virgin blog recently took book form as a 500 drink retrospective of the city's cocktail renaissance entitled Drink & Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Cocktail Virgin Industries (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988281805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988281806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the owner of several cocktail books, Yarm's 'Drink and Tell' has made a great addition to the my library. If you follow his Cocktail Virgin blog, you'll find this book to be a nicely edited version of 500 or so recipes that have been blogged there throughout the years. The drinks are mostly created by several Boston-area cocktail bars or Yarm himself, and they are of an exceptionally high quality. These represent some of the best modern cocktail crafting going on today. Be warned that many of the drinks require some specific and varied spirits and modifiers so you may have trouble creating a lot of them at home without a decent bar.

Beyond the recipes, the book begins with a lengthy description of the Boston bar scene. Having never been to Boston, this wasn't all that interesting to me, but it would provide a good guide for a cocktail tour of the city if you live there or are planning a visit. The book also includes a quick look at the mechanics and techniques involved, but this is covered in far more depth in books like Regan's 'Joy of Mixology'. The end of the book includes a large list of recipes for various homemade syrups used with a handy index of which cocktails each is used in.

The cocktails are high-quality, the instructions are clear, and the alphabetical layout is nice for quick browsing. Most recipes contained in the book have much longer and insightful tasting notes and photos on the blog. Since those aren't in the book, I encourage readers to look up drinks they make for this extra information - it will be well worth it. My only complaint is that there is no index by spirit/ingredient, only by creation or serving location.

This is a book home mixers and bartenders alike will find themselves going to time and time again.
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If you have read the basic books from Regan, Degroff, Wondrich, Haigh, etc, then this book is a great next-step. 500 recipes- some new, some evolutions on familiar themes. Most can be made at home. Clear instructions. Only downside is that we would love some color photos...but those are on the author's blog. A great book for the cocktail aficionado looking for new recipes.
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A great compilation of interesting and unusual cocktails made by some of the best bartenders in and around Boston. I've browsed and made a half dozen or so recipes, all of which were tasty. Organized alphabetically by drink name, I found it a little difficult to navigate, since the names are not indicative of the type of drink, so it is a bit of a challenge to use if you're in the mood for a "style" or flavor or type. The index is organized by bar. It would be helpful, perhaps, if there were multiple indices organizing all the recipes in different ways (e.g. by type of drink, by characteristic, by key base ingredients, etc.) so if you are in the mood for a drink with absinthe in it, you have a way of finding all the options.
Also, given the "fanciness" of many of the drinks (in the sense that many use ingredients not typically found in the home bar, some of which people may not have heard of), a section of descriptions of at least some of the ingredients, flavor profiles, potential substitutes, might be a helpful addition.
In all a great reference to make some of the Best cocktails you may have had around Boston, and where to find the originals if you want to see how yours compare!
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Drink & Tell isn't just for Bostonians. If you can't get enough of top quality cocktails and are looking kick up your cocktail-making skills, I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a copy.

I've made it a goal to learn a new drink every week. So. much. fun. And, I haven't been disappointed, yet.

Added bonus: this is a great way to figure out where the holes are in your alcohol collection.
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