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Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's and Party Guide (Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's & Party Guide) Hardcover – November 7, 2005

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Mr. Boston is part of the Barton Brands group, and has been a widely recognized name in the bartending world for over 60 years.  The Mr. Boston brand includes 66 editions of the Official Bartenders' and Party Guide, which has consistently outsold and outlasted other bartending books, as well as a range of liquors and prepared cocktails.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's & Party Guide
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised edition (November 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597329
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Mr. Bostons Official Bartenders Book, thats what you will find. From pubs in Scotland to hole in the wall bars in Hawaii, bartenders all over the world use this book. I find that no matter what, I always find this book usefull and it's always close at hand. The information is given in a style that a bartender understands. It does lack many of the "Trendy drinks" but those are hard to keep up with since you would have to publish a new version each month. But it does contain almost every tradional drink around and even some I havent heard of before!
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Best bar guide I've read; concise, excellent variety. What I especially like is that the recipes are from scratch; no powder or liquid mixes. It does list liquor ingredients by Mr. Boston brands but one can easily substitute one's favorite liquors. Also gives good basics on barware, glasses, measurements and more.
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Concidered by many to be the bible of bartending, Mr. Boston has been a bestseller since 1935. Filled with information covering everything from how setup a homebar, flaming a drink, to party planning Mr. Boston is a must have for anyone interested in mixology. With over 1200 recipes Mr. Boston will give you plenty of recipes to choose from and experiment with.
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By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
It keeps getting better every time. newr recipes always show in the new editions. keep up the good work. Could use a way for us, the consumers, to help update the book.
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Although this is considered by many to be the bible of bartending, I found that it is incomplete. There are many newer drinks that are not mentioned. Unfortionately, many of the guides that have a more complete drink list do not have as much peripheral information. This book is really good at helping a person set up their own home bar. It also has little fun facts about alcohol and toasts from around the world.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift, for an aspiring home entertainer for parties. I used an earlier version years ago as a bartender & it is about the most complete guide to mixing drinks, be they the old favorites (even some that the younger generation has never even heard of), to the latest to be found, made authentically.
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By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is pretty standard bar fare and I surely wonder how that happened -- many of the recipes are not completely accurate. I've seen dozens of bar guides (out of print, wouldn't you know) that give a much better representation. Experienced bar men will scoff at the old boy, but for the beginner, this is definitely acceptable; You will be provided with the basics.
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Format: Hardcover
I have tried several guides over time and years ago settled on Mr. Boston's guide. It provides accurate ratios and, best of all, a picture of the recommended glassware for each drink. It is simple, easy to follow and provides information such as sections on Eggnogs, Punches, the usage of Wine in Mixed Drinks and even Non-Alcoholic drinks.

The book is broken down by type of alcohol (also Shooters, Cordials, Frozen Drinks, etc.) and has a complete alphabetical index in the back. This means if you have a bottle of Tequila you have an entire section (45 mixes) from which to choose a drink. On the other hand, if your in-law wants to throw you a curve ball and asks for a Rum Runner you know you will find it on page 66.

Color photographs scattered throughout complete this guide giving a visual for many different drinks and the glassware recommended. Also included is how to stock your bar, how to float liqueurs, the art of pouring, chilling and muddling and much more.

I not only use this book in my own home but often include it as part of a housewarming gift basket.

If only it was spiral bound it would be a five-star guide.
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