The 12 Bottle Bar: Make Hundreds of Cocktails with Just Twelve Bottles

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Workman Publishing, Jul 29, 2014 - Cooking - 557 pages
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Savvy cocktail tips, recipes and anecdotes that will “give your local molecular mixologist a run for his money”—all with just 12 bottles (Publishers Weekly).

It’s a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea—a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles—here’s how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep.

It’s a surprising guide—tequila didn’t make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. And it’s a literate guide—describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the “salt and pepper” of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat.
 

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The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails

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Contents

Introduction
1
Tools of the Trade
11
The 1 Bottle Bar
29
The 3 Bottle Bar
41
The 4 Bottle Bar
49
The 12 Bottles
54
Brandy
57
Dry Gin
89
Dry Sweet Vermouth
291
Aromatic Orange Bitters
301
Putting it all Together
313
On Being a Good Host
315
Beer Wine Cider Drinks
325
Virgin Drinks
347
Garnishes Syrups Liqueurs
357
Resources
393

Genever
135
Amber Rum
163
White Rum
207
Rye Whiskey
231
Vodka
257
Orange Liqueur
281
Drinks by Theme
394
DIY Cocktail Bars
397
Recipe Index
399
Conversion Tables
405
About the Authors Acknowledgments
407
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About the author (2014)

David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson are the husband-and-wife publishers of the popular blog 12bottlebar.com. Mr. Solmonson has written for both film and television, while Ms. Solmonson, spirits and wine writer for L.A. Weekly, is also the author of Gin: A Global History and the forthcoming Liqueur: A Global History. The Solmonsons live in Los Angeles.

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