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The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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What I really dislike about the book though is that it's not well organized in my opinion - the recipes are simply arrange alphabetically by name, which is to say, in an entirely random and arbitrary way. You can't easily say "I want to make something with gin" and easily pick something out from this book, and there's absolutely no index to help you either.
Do try to get past that, though. The attention to detail in the craft cocktail recipes herein is incredible, and the illustrations are nothing short of beautiful works of art. Aside from how it's organized, the thing I've been looking for and can't find – and was hoping to find here – was more on the art of mixology itself. I was hoping for more of the art and science behind their creations, but I have to say, this is among the best cocktail recipe books I've ever seen.
In short, it has a place on my cocktail shelf, but I don't find it indispensable.
Highly, highly recommended.
It's great that the brand names of spirits used is listed in the recipies. Also, there are instructions for how to make all the syrups and infusions, which is great.
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Main issue I found was once you get into making cocktails your wages are soon eaten away and you become an alcoholic!
Inspires the reader to try something new and imaginative.
There is a forward written by David Wondrich, as well as artwork from illustrator Chris Gall, which help make the book both unique and enjoyable. Many of the recipes were served at the bar he co-ran in NewYork called PDT, which was accessed through an old telephone booth. He has since moved on to Portland Oregon, and is apparently working on his next writing project.
Most of the recipes in the book don’t require ingredients that are difficult to source, and can be prepared from home without the use of expensive and space-consuming equipment. The author does specify certain types of liquor, but that helps to clarify the type of flavours he’s aiming for. If the original is not available, you can research the ones specified, and usually find a good substitute with a similar flavour profile.
I’d recommend “The PDT Cocktail Book” because the recipes are practical, and ones I most often reach for. “The PDT” achieves a relevant and unique place in a long line of cocktail books dating back from pre-prohibition through to our modern-day.