Ultimate Bar Book

bar bookThe Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails! Ultimate Bar Book is the first and only guide to classic and new drink recipes. Loaded with essential-to-know topics such as barware, tools, and mixing tips, this book has it all.

As a mistress of mixology, the author has the classics down to a T – the Martini, the Bloody Mary, plus the many variations (the Dirty Martini, the Virgin Mary). And then there are all the creative new elixirs the author brings to the table, like the Tasmanian Twister Cocktail or the Citron Sparkler.

Illustrations show precisely what type of glass should be used for each drink. With dozens of recipes for garnishes, rims, infusions, and syrups; punches, gelatin shooters, hot drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages; and – let’s not forget – an essential selection of hangover remedies, Ultimate Bar Book is nothing short of top-shelf!

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Book Review: Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide To Over 1,000 Cocktails

We live in an era when a surprising number of chefs have become household names. There may not be any mixologists (once we knew them as bartenders) who have made it to this lofty pinnacle yet, but their profile is certainly rising nowadays. So what better time for a work like Mittie Hellmich’s Ultimate Bar Book, with a mission statement that promises to assist “a new generation of mixologists and bring the cocktail into the new century”?
The book kicks off with a section on The Essential Bar. This includes a glossary of bar equipment, a glassware
guide that explains the function of 25 types of glasses and a primer on stocking a home bar – be it the basic
“mini” bar or a fully outfitted one.

Also in this chapter are sections on measurement and terminology. The latter is an education in itself. At age 44, I can finally say that I know what “dry” means, when used in reference to spirits (not sweet). Also included is a guide to types of drinks, many of which (buck, gobbler, crusta, daisy, flip, pousse-cafe,puff, smash) I’ve never heard of.


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