- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; Revised edition (June 1948)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385096836
- ISBN-13: 978-0385096836
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks Paperback – June, 1948
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The book is also fun for the historical perspective it offers. Not only are Embury's observations on Prohibition interesting (he lived through it) some of his recommendations on how to do things are informative in comparison to how they are done today. For example, he suggests getting large cocktail glasses--"no less than 3 ounces"! A typical cocktail glass today is over twice that size, though some cocktail enthusiasts now recommend using smaller glasses for classic styles of cocktails.
As good as this book is, shame on the publisher of this edition for allowing it to go to press with so many typos! Some reviewers charitably suggest that the typos also appeared in the earlier editions. I doubt this; they are the sort of typos one gets from OCR and relying on a word processor to clean up the OCR output, and then not doing a final page proof before going to press. (E.g. missing punctuation, "sued" for "used," page references to page XXX.Read more ›
(I don't know exactly how books are published these days, but I assume that a computer is involved and that it should be a simple exercise for a competent proofreader to make corrections using some form of text editor prior to publication. Of course, it is entirely possible that these errors were present in previous editions, but there is no reason why they shouldn't be corrected.)
Nonetheless, we should be grateful that this classic is now available as an affordable and otherwise finely executed reprint.
Not only does Embury describe the principles of a mixed drink, and the equipment that is useful in its preparation, but he also describes each base ingredient, each mixer and how to mix to get the best result. He also provides recipes for six basic cocktails and the practical possibilities in making your own.
There is also a chapter concerning "The Use and Abuse of Liquor", so you could argue that this is even a moral work.
TFAoMD is educational, entertaining, practical and an essential addition to the library of the serious mixologist. Moreover, it is beautifully written. What more could you ask for...?
Read this book, and may you never more suffer an intolorable, insipid cocktail again.
I'm very pleased this has been reprinted, as copies of the original are hard to find, and very expensive.
He operates from that era (after 1933) when "stiff" drinks were popular, meaning high in alcohol. Embury dismisses the pre-Prohibition era back to the 1800s when many cocktails had less liquor and more mixer with a lot of extra flavoring. He would be horrified by today's large portions of sweet and creamy drinks. Of course he lived in an era when he and most people were slimmer than today.
His favorite liquor is gin which mixes well with almost everything and gives you a quick kick. The same is generally true for rum. Embury likes whiskey, especially bourbon, but it does not mix with everything and takes longer to have an effect. He would be surprised by today's popularity of scotch. He would be even more surprised by today's popularity of vodka. That "tasteless" liquor was just beginning to become popular when he wrote this book and he credits its growing popularity on clever advertising. He considered the "new" drink the Bloody Mary to be vile.
He lists six cocktails that every connoisseur should know but only three of those drinks are still popular: Martini, Manhattan, and Daiquiri. Embury is basically a walking encyclopedia of cocktails and provides a lot of information. He got his information from first-hand knowledge and would never be fooled by clever marketing. Some of the information is dated but the book is quite informative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't have this edition and have not had to put up with the typos, but for those who have never read the original I can assure you that Mr Embury was a well educated (a tax... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Observer
Probably the best book ever written on cocktail theory. It has stood the test of time and will continue to be important as long as human beings mix spirits to create cocktails!Published 2 months ago by Robert haberek
This is an awesome reference book for the novice or experienced mixologist. Each section provides a history of the given cocktails - great for fun facts when mixing drinks with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Miller
Fantastic book, the author went into detail about not only the history of mixology but wrote about all the popular myths and most likely origin of certain drinks. Great book.Published 14 months ago by Greg
Too much of what passes for "cocktails" in most bars and restaurants is candy. Too sweet, no fresh juice, and crappy booze. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like others said, I very much appreciate the reprinting of this classic, but I will have to deduct one star for the typos. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arkadi Bogdanov
Fantastic, one of a kind cocktail book and historical record.Published 16 months ago by Dennis Castro