Complete Home Bartender's Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2002 - Cooking - 256 pages
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Expect this book to soar to the top of the bestseller list in its field with the most complete coverage of the subject anywhere, from the glass to use, the ice to mix to the garnish to finish it perfectly!
Start with a world-renowned expert's unequalled instructions for preparing virtually any cocktail anyone might ask for.
Add the essential facts of bartending with a professional's master guidance for hosting any gathering in the perfect atmosphere.
Pour in an encyclopedic collection of information about every drink, including brandy, gin, rum, tequila, and vodka; whiskey and bourbon; champagne and wine; bitters and other spirits; punches, cups, and eggnogs; liqueurs and shooters; hot drinks and nonalcoholic drinks.
Mix with Calabrese's recipes for 780 of his personal favorites, from old classics like Negroni, Bellini, and Sidecar, to new and exotic modern reinventions like Cosmopolitan and Apple Martini. And that leaves 775 more to choose from. Stir in hours of fascinating insider tales about how all the classic drinks came to be, the romance of the drink, and glorious photos and art of a sparkling visual history.
Garnish with:
. Live-action pictorials of techniques such as shaking, floating, layering, muddling, blending
. Thirst-inciting color photos that display drinks at their most elegant
. Easy-to remember icons symbolizing each type of glass to use in every situation
. Concealed spiral binding that lays flat so you can follow recipes with your hands free
. Hard-cover edition jam-packed with 256 information-filled pages at an amazing value price

It's the only bartender's guide you'll ever need. Even the right ice cubes are noted!

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I puchased this book approximately 5 years ago, and refer to it weekly! It is the BEST resource for party planning and trying new drink recipes! A must purchase for all!

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Great book to keep by the bar. So many drinks to try with easy to follow direction.
Well orgainized by drink type (ie: vodka, rum, etc., even a non-alcoholic section).
Great description of the drinks and intersesting histories of classic drinks.
I just wish it I could look up a liqueur in the index to find drinks made with it (ie: peach schnapps and then have a listing of all the drinks in the book that use it). This is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
Overall a great book for home bartenders!


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hot drinks
Calabrese classics
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About the author (2002)

Salvatore Calabrese is an international award-winning expert on cocktails. From his position as bar manager of the Library Bar at the prestigious Lanesborough Hotel at London's Hyde Park Corner, Calabrese has been elected Vice President of the Bartender's Guild of the United Kingdom. Among his many awards are The Compari Bartender of the Year, winner of the Lea & Perrins International Healthy Cocktails Competition, and holder of the Chevalerie du Verre Galant, and the Chevalier l'Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne.

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