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The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft Hardcover – October 14, 2003
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For example, once you understand that the Margarita is a member of the New Orleans Sour Family, you'll instantly see that a Kamikaze is just a vodka-based Margarita; a Cosmopolitan follows the same formula, with some cranberry juice thrown in for color. Similarly, the Manhattan and the Rob Roy, both members of the French-Italian family, are variations on the whiskey-vermouth-bitters formula.
In this way Regan brings a whole new understanding to the world of cocktails and how to make them. Not only will you learn how to make standard cocktails, you'll actually learn to feel your way through making a drink, thereby attaining the skills needed to create concoctions of your own. And as Regan explains methods for mixing drinks, how to choose bartenders' wares and select spirits and liqueurs, and the origins of many cocktails, you'll feel as though you're behind the bar with him, learning from a master. Plus, his charming and detailed history of mixed drinks raises this far above the standard cocktail guide fare.
With more than 350 drink recipes, The Joy of Mixology is the ultimate bar guide. Ground-breaking and authoritative, it's a must-have for anyone interested in the craft of the cocktail.
Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully, Gary Regan has shown us that a mixology book can be far more then we have come to expect.
In "The Joy of Mixology", Gary lays out for us the results of what obviously has been many years of research into what cocktails really are, and how to make them properly. First he covers the common topics such as history, bartending, garnishes, glassware, but with far more interesting information then you most likely have seen elsewhere. Mr. Regan then dives into laying out the various styles of cocktails and mixed drinks, and how to understand them in ways that focus on the proper and well-balanced construction of each style. There is a lot of meat in how he organizes his lists, and a wealth of information behind their proper construction.
Cocktails really don't need to be as confusing as they seem to be to most people. This book goes a long way in not only making sense of the large array of cocktail selections available, but also in bringing to light the potentials of a "Quality" cocktail experience.
- Recipes: lots of them with the author's own variations. Not all of the recipes I tried were great. It looks like Gary Regan is trying to provide an inclusive collection of recipes rather than a selection of the best ones. He even includes some that he doesn't care fir,
- Tips for professional bartenders: as a home mixologist I couldn't related to that.
- The standard info on how to and garnishes etc.
And finally, what I consider to be the hear of this guide:
A (for me at least) original, useful and very educational way of grouping cocktails into families. There are lots of tables and descriptions that explain the groupings. This was a real eye-opener for me because it really made it clear how good cocktails were constructed and why a margarita and a cosmopolitan are very, very similar. There are also some great sections that compare the density of various brands of liquors which is extremely helpful when making layered drinks.
All in all, this is not a perfect book but there is really a lot of original content that I've never seen anywhere else. If you like Alton Brown and a pseudo-scientific approach to cooking then you'll definitely enjoy Gary Regan's book.
I'm glad I have a few other books, particularly The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff, but I only use the others to see how their authors have tweaked a given recipe. If you're looking for a book that gives you plenty of recipes, but also tells you WHY and not just HOW, then The Joy of Mixology is my top recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not many "mixology " books can hold the attention of the average reader. This is a first for me. Informative and entertaining! Read morePublished 3 days ago by sandra geehrimg
A very useful book in my opinion for learning the nuts and bolts of bartending. I'm a category and list freak, so I do like the overall approach to categorizing drinks, but many of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diana P.
Comprehensive. Well organized and easy to use. More for encyclopedia use than for modern cocktails. Great basic.Published 8 months ago by sbobby1984
Amazing book, very informative for hospitality professional. Must have item on your shelf. The only minus is no pictures ( i like to see presentation of cocktail apart of making... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Askar
It's a great book on Mixology with a lot of helpful information and stories but its the year 2015 would it break the bank to add color pictures to make reading more enjoyable? Read morePublished 11 months ago by SS
If you are looking for a one stop book, as an introduction into mixology, buy 'The Bar Book' The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. I bought both and never use this one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chris