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See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World's Most Popular Cocktails Hardcover – October 19, 2011
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"A new, super-visual guide to drink-making."―GQ
"Clever...breaks down cocktails into visual representations (think pie charts and fun infographics."―Newsweek
"A picture book for the soon-to-be-pickled."―Cooking Light
"Let the simplicity of See Mix Drink wash over you like the pleasure of a perfect Old Fashioned."―Cool Material
"A humble rebuttal to mixological excess."―Slate
About the Author
BRIAN D. MURPHY is a cocktail enthusiast, designer, and recovering investment banker who lives in Minneapolis, where he can frequently be found mixing drinks for friends and family. His favorite cocktail is the Old Fashioned.
Top Customer Reviews
This book has all the information you need to make a wide variety of drinks and is very simple to follow.
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(Brandy, Champange, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey, Liqueres)
Index Sorted By Name
Index Sorted By Calories Per Drink
Each drink has graphs and charts showing the type of glass to use and how full to make the drink. There is also a chart that shows the percentage of ingredients. The titles for each drink are: ingredients, description, best occasion, proportions, time required, instructions and a photo of the finished drink.
I think this book is awesome!! It takes the worry out of making a drink when you have no clue what you're doing. It would be perfect for anyone who likes making drinks or someone who would like to learn. I haven't used the book yet to make a drink, but wouldn't be afraid to with this book at my side.
SEE MIX DRINK is an easy-to-use full-color guide to mixing some of the world's best drinks and cocktails using well-known spirits like Brandy, Champagne, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey, and Liqueurs. Each drink recipe is broken down into short text/diagram sections that note the cocktail pronunciation, the cocktail "snapshot", ingredients, description, best occasion for drinking, time required, proportions, calories, and text/visual instructions. There is also a guide to bar essentials, a guide to popular spirits, and a color-coded index broken down by name and calorie count per drink. This is the D.I.Y. guide to mixology, for beginners through pros!
I may not imbibe any alcoholic beverages myself, but there are plenty of people who enjoy a cocktail or a relaxing mixed drink, so I definitely see the allure of a book like this one. The book format is great, with full-color photos, illustrations, and diagrams, paired with concise text instructions. I like how Brian D. Murphy separated drink types based on what types of spirits were being used, and then alphabetically; this made it very easy to find specific drinks without having to constantly flip through the sections - as did the two indexes. And, according to my family, the drinks are quite good, especially the Dark & Stormy! I only wish that there had been a few more basic drinks, because I noticed that there was a large amount of ingredients that a home bar wouldn't necessarily stock; but with a little time and effort, one could mix a drink at a time until they have everything they need to prepare every drink in the book - and there are a lot. This book will have any person, no matter the experience, mixing and creating drinks like a pro mixologist. I recommend this book to adults (21+) who want to improve their mixing skills and serve up some awesome drinks.
Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)
*** I received this book from the publisher (Little, Brown and Company) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
SEE MIX DRINK is a very good book for what it is -- an entry-level cocktail compendium that makes hands-on home bartending look a lot less daunting -- but ask questions of your liquor store staffers before you buy your spirits. You'll be glad you did.