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Cocktail Books: The Topic

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4 minutes ago, quiet1 said:

I've skimmed this thread (there is a lot of it) and it seems like a lot of books have been coming out so I figured I'd be best just asking - what is a good recipe book for a geek type new to cocktails? My friend is a bit of a foodie and now getting into cocktails also and I want to get him some supplies as a Christmas gift. I have Morganthaler's book on my list to look at in a store because it seems his style of geekery in the subject, but I thought some kind of reasonable reference recipe book would be helpful to have too. (I swear I had one bookmarked that I'd seen recommended, but now I can't find it.)

 

Bonus points if the book has enough recipes for syrups and things that can be used to experiment with making my friend's son (11 and also a bit of a foodie) fun non-alcoholic drinks too.

 

(I thought about the Canon book but that seems far too involved and I'd really just be giving it to him so I could borrow it. :D )

 

Imbibe!

 

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@quiet1 I would recommend the Bartender's Choice app. It's pretty bare bones but it's super handy and has a ton of great recipes. I think it's a great starting point.

Next I would recommend the Death & Co book, which is very complete and has a large section on classics, and a ton of doable recipes. It's very beginner friendly and explains how a cocktail is structured, the different types of cocktail family, how to build a home bar with recommendations for brands/type of spirits to get, etc. It's a nice-looking book as well.

 

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37 minutes ago, quiet1 said:

what is a good recipe book for a geek type new to cocktails?

Dave Arnold's Liquid Intelligenceir?t=egulletcom-20&l=am2&o=1&a=039308903 has geek written all over it!

 

31 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Bonus points if the book has enough recipes for syrups and things that can be used to experiment with making my friend's son (11 and also a bit of a foodie) fun non-alcoholic drinks too.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler's The Bar Bookir?t=egulletcom-20&l=am2&o=1&a=145211384 spends quite a bit of time on juices, syrups, infusions, etc. 

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3 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

Dave Arnold's Liquid Intelligenceir?t=egulletcom-20&l=am2&o=1&a=039308903 has geek written all over it!

 

Jeffrey Morgenthaler's The Bar Bookir?t=egulletcom-20&l=am2&o=1&a=145211384 spends quite a bit of time on juices, syrups, infusions, etc. 

 

No, I was not the person who wrote what you quoted!

 

But for non-alcoholic drinks, Charles H. Baker Jr. has a bunch.

 

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Reading Brad Thomas Parsons' Amaro at the moment.  Informative and well written.  But I must question:  is Breckenridge Bitters really made at "the highest distillery in the world", 9,600 feet?

 

At the moment I'm enjoying a generous glass of Singani, which by law must be made above 5250 feet.  Some of it much higher than that.  Inquiring minds want to know.

 

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Looking ahead using Amazon's listings, I see a few books I'll be picking up in 2017:

Meehan's Bartender Manual (Meehan, October 10th)

Three-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon (Simonson, September 26th)

A Spot at the Bar: Welcome to the Everleigh: The Art of Good Drinking in Three Hundred Recipes (Madrusan and Young, March 7th)
 

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19 minutes ago, FrogPrincesse said:

Cardinal with 1.5 oz Beefeater London dry gin, 0.75 oz Campari, 0.75 oz Dolin dry vermouth #cocktails #cocktail #craftcocktails #aperitif #campari #gin #londondrygin #aspotatthebar

 

Nice color-matching!

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I was browsing thru my Savoy cocktail book and found this at the Bacardi Cocktail..
Does someone know why it looks like this?

 

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Looks to me like what publishers would call a tipped-in erratum slip--added when an editing mistake (like a missing recipe) is discovered after the printing of the book's pages is complete.

Maybe the Bacardi marketing people had a little talk with the publishers before the book release...

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54 minutes ago, Craig E said:

Looks to me like what publishers would call a tipped-in erratum slip--added when an editing mistake (like a missing recipe) is discovered after the printing of the book's pages is complete.

Maybe the Bacardi marketing people had a little talk with the publishers before the book release...

Thanks. 

The cocktail underneath the bookmark,
Bacardi Special Cocktail*
1 teaspoon grenadine

1/3 Burrogh's Beefeater Gin 
2/3 Bacardi Rum
The Juice of half a lime

So Would all Savoy cocktailbooks from the 30ies be like this?

 

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8 hours ago, Danne said:

Thanks. 

The cocktail underneath the bookmark,
Bacardi Special Cocktail*
1 teaspoon grenadine

1/3 Burrogh's Beefeater Gin 
2/3 Bacardi Rum
The Juice of half a lime

So Would all Savoy cocktailbooks from the 30ies be like this?

 

Ah, I notice in the digitized 1930 version here that the Bacardi Cocktail is listed at the end of the book, in a section called Additional Cocktails which may have been late additions, but appear to have been printed on full pages in the edition. So now I'm thinking in your copy somebody has cut out the Bacardi cocktail and stuck it in where it belongs alphabetically. 

Does your edition have the "Additional Cocktails" on pages 282-283? 

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11 hours ago, Danne said:

I was browsing thru my Savoy cocktail book and found this at the Bacardi Cocktail..
Does someone know why it looks like this?

 

20170420_192017.thumb.jpg.56d3b91ca20138cd9f2bfdf1bdba44c2.jpg

 

You realize that there is already an entire discussion about this book, right? ;)

It's a great source of info!

 

 

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6 hours ago, Craig E said:

Ah, I notice in the digitized 1930 version here that the Bacardi Cocktail is listed at the end of the book, in a section called Additional Cocktails which may have been late additions, but appear to have been printed on full pages in the edition. So now I'm thinking in your copy somebody has cut out the Bacardi cocktail and stuck it in where it belongs alphabetically. 

Does your edition have the "Additional Cocktails" on pages 282-283? 

The recipe is stuck in the book, it's in the hard cover. I've tried to pull it out from the book but it's stuck alright. Don't want to use to much force with this old book.

Pages 282-286 is just blank, lined pages.
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4 hours ago, FrogPrincesse said:

You realize that there is already an entire discussion about this book, right? ;)

It's a great source of info!

Thanks! :)


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