Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Make 500 of the World's Best Drinks and Host Legendary Parties

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Proof Publishing Limited, 2003 - Cocktails - 230 pages
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Cocktails are bigger than ever, and this is the first real cookbook for them, covering the entire breadth of this rich subject. The Craft of the Cocktail provides much more than merely the same old recipes: it delves into history, personalities, and anecdotes; it shows you how to set up a bar, master important techniques, and use tools correctly; and it delivers unique concoctions, many featuring Dale DeGroff's signature use of fresh juices, as well as all the classics.
Debonair, a great raconteur, and an unparalleled authority, Dale DeGroff is the epitome of Perfect Bartender, universally acknowledged as the world's premier mixologist. From "Entertainment Weekly" and "USA Today" to the Culinary Institute of America and the nation's best restaurants, whenever anybody wants information or training on the bar, they turn to Dale for recipes, for history, for anecdotes, for fun--for cocktail-party conversation as well as for cocktails.
That's what The Craft of the Cocktail is--the full party, conversation and all. It begins with the history of spirits, how they're made (but without too much boring science), the development of the mixed drink, and the culture it created, all drawn from Dale's vast library of vintage cocktail books. Then on to stocking the essential bar, choosing the right tools and ingredients, mastering key techniques--hints worthy of a pro, the same information that Dale shares with the bartenders he trains in seminars and through his videos. And then the meat of the matter: 500 recipes, including everything from tried-and-true classics to of-the-moment originals. Throughout are rich stories, vintage recipes, fast facts, and other entertaining asides. Beautiful color photographs and a striking design round out the cookbook approach to this subject, highlighting the difference between an under-the-bar handbook and a stylish, full-blown treatment. The Craft of the Cocktail is that treatment, destined to become the bible of the bar.

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User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

Of course I am biased... The author is a cousin of my wife... and he was at our wedding! I'm not much of an imbiber, but I did enjoy the lessons and history in the book... and I know from experience that Dale can make an excellent cocktail and he's an excellent cook too! Read full review

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User Review  - erik - Goodreads

He's a cocktail snob and it shows in his ever-so-slightly arrogant comments, his thoughtful layout and great mix of modern and classic drinks. Because of the format, it isn't the best book to keep under the bar, but it's perfect for your nightstand. Read full review

About the author (2003)

For 12 years, Dale DeGroff ran the bar at New York's Rainbow Room and now serves as a consultant for top restaurants. He has been profiled in dozens of newspapers and magazines. He lives in West Hemptead, New York.

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