- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Running Press Adult (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762457260
- ISBN-13: 978-0762457267
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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"Everything you need to know about throwing a successful cocktail party is in this new book."―-Los Angeles Times
"Frustrated with encyclopedic but poorly organized collections that overwhelmed all but the professional bartender, they offer a manual for those wishing to bring the craft cocktail movement home...a great addition for all collections."―-Library Journal
"I haven't been able to put it down. Is it odd to read a recipe book as if it were a novel?"―-San Diego Magazine
"Who it's for: The home bartender that can't decide on what to drink. This book has a little bit of everything, and with eye-catching photos, you'll want it all."―-Epicurious.com
"Individuality is part of this book's charm, much like its ode to an underappreciated ingredient, Dubonnet. The greater success of The New Cocktail Hour is its ability to be many things to a variety of readers and still stand out from the pile of cocktail copycats as both useful and different."
―-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The New Cocktail Hour can help you choose a drink with confidence.... Elevate your craft with DIY bitters, the right tools and glassware, no-fail cocktail ratios and the art of the garnish, all explained in this latest cocktail book. It may be new, but it is destined to be a classic."
―-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Sized to fit on a shelf in your bar, the book has a slightly snarky, humorous tone that makes it an easy read. And the fascinating bits of history will make great cocktail party fodder. ... This new volume is a suitable gift for a recent college grad with a taste for craft cocktails."―-The Virginian-Pilot
"The lavishly photographed book is quite the entertaining read, but its smaller format means that it belongs on the shelf with your liquor, not on the coffee table. As a witty guide to the history and practice of making great cocktails, The New Cocktail Hour is a great addition to the canon of spirits writing."
"An impressively curated inventory of cocktails both old and new with inspired tweaks to some overlooked classics."―-Gear Patrol
About the Author
Tenaya Darlington is a food writer and educator in Philadelphia. By day, she teaches writing at Saint Joseph's University; by night she pens the cheese blog Madame Fromage (madamefromageblog.com). Her book, The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, may be the first cheese guide to suggest pairing cheese with cocktails. Her writing has also appeared in Cooking Light, Global Traveler, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
André and Tenaya are co-authors of the cocktail blog With the Darlingtons. .
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Now my original review... The New Cocktail Hour is life-changing! There are so many great things about this book, where do I start… Let’s start with the reason I bought this book, the booze! My husband’s idea of a cocktail was pour two finger widths of vodka in a glass. Add Diet Sprite. Toss in some ice. Stir with finger. My go to beverage lived in black box in my fridge. This book is FULL of interesting and delicious cocktails. We are now far more sophisticated when ordering drinks, and hosting guests. We are well on our way to becoming cocktail snobs. I have pulled it out at several dinner parties when a guest has asked about a beverage I am serving. It is an intriguing centerpiece to conversation.
This book is easy to follow, even for a novice. I was a bit intimidated when I first picked it up, because several of the ingredients were unfamiliar. The book has great descriptions and explanations for the less experienced bartender, like, what exactly are bitters.
I also love that food pairings are offered for the drinks. All these years of pairing my boxed wine with food… I am so ashamed of myself.
The most endearing parts of this book are the gorgeous pictures and snippets of history given with each drink and drink era/category. They are very well written, informative, interesting, and often humorous. The Monkey Gland on page 88 is a must read, must try cocktail.
I could list dozens and dozens of other MUST TRY drinks (Sky Juice) and fantastic recipes for more common drinks (the Martini is to die for), but I recommend you buy the book and try them all.
- It has a flavor profile so you can tell ahead of time if the cocktail is something you might like before taking the time to make it (or buy the ingredients)
- Recipes have all turned out quite tasty
- Does not rely on hard to find ingredients
This is not one of those 1,000 recipe cocktail books, but instead a the solid guide to the cocktails for the home bar with nicely done pictures and good recipes.
It's a good book to gift or for personal use. Heavily recommend this to anyone who loves mixing drinks at home!
This is a gift to a friend who wants to learn how to make drinks and needs all the help he can read. He has new barware, cocktail glasses and serving needs for appetizers. This book will be an excellent guide.
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Was a big hit - wish I wrote down some recipes to try out for myself!