The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, May 1, 2009 - Cooking - 128 pages
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The original cocktails Eben Klemm creates as master mixologist for B.R. Guest Restaurants in New York City are the talk of the town. Now you can learn to mix like a master with The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink. In this mixology guide to creating both classic cocktails and modern twists, Klemm teaches people on the other side of the bar how to make drinks at home.

Klemm's philosophy is simple: You don't need to memorize a thousand cocktail recipes; you just need to have a perfunctory knowledge of the basic families into which drinks are divided. Toss in a few bartending skills, a few simple ingredients, some classic recipes, and a few contemporary spin-offs, and you have all you need to know to make the perfect drink for any occasion.

Improve your home bar and impress your guests with The Cocktail Primer


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This is an excellent guide to cocktails by one of New York City's most visionary mixologists.
A worthy primer for nearly anyone - from the amateur to the 'semi-professional' drinker, The first
chapter, Getting Started, provides the novice with an historical overview of 'The Essentials of a Well-stocked Bar' replete with recommendations on the 8 bottles required for a basic bar, all the way up to Bar 3: "Uh-oh! Eben's coming over, so I had to stock up on some more!"
Subsequent chapters break all (nearly all?) cocktalia into six basic drink categories - the Martini (and its evolutionary children), the Manhattan (and beyond), simple and complex Sours, Muddled Drinks and Highballs. All are as much of a pleasure to read about as to drink.
Klemm places all of his cocktails - old classics and new variations - in the historical framework of cocktails, which he traces over the past 50 years to its current fin-de-siecle epitome.



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Eben Klemm is the master mixologist and the director of cocktail development for B.R. Guest Restaurants in New York City. Klemm has created the cocktail menus and signature drinks for five restaurant openings and three lounges, and revamped the cocktail lists at every B.R. Guest-owned restaurant, including Primehouse New York, Ruby Foo's, Dos Caminos, Isabella's, Atlantic Grill, Ocean Grill, Blue Fin, Fiamma, and others.

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