The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

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by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
     
 

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Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks. More than 60 recipes illustrate the concepts explored in the text, ranging from juicing,

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Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks. More than 60 recipes illustrate the concepts explored in the text, ranging from juicing, garnishing, carbonating, stirring, and shaking to choosing the correct ice for proper chilling and dilution of a drink. With how-to photography to provide inspiration and guidance, this book breaks new ground for the home cocktail enthusiast.

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"...my favorite drinks book of the year is The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Mr. Morgenthaler, a well-regarded Portland, Ore.-based bartender and blogger, notes that a great cocktail requires a combination of three elements: recipe, ingredient and technique. He admits that the first two have been well-plumbed in existing books, then lasers in on the third. Just learning how to make his ingenious but simple "MacGyver Centrifuge" with cheesecloth and a salad spinner to filter fruit juices is nearly worth the cover price." - Wayne Curtis, The Wall Street Journal"

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is our kind of guy; an obsessive practitiioner of lost arts and an inventor in his own right." - from Playboy"

An accessible but sophisticated primer that could render the rest of the cocktail library obsolete." - Library Journal

Library Journal
★ 11/01/2014
The books in the modern cocktail enthusiast's increasingly crowded library each aims for a distinctive way to organize material, whether it's by spirit, mixer, season, or occasion. Morgenthaler, the Portland, OR-based cocktail blogger and chief mixologist at the city's hip Clyde Common bar, organizes his contribution according to a more basic, even boring, principle: technique. But then, there's no point investing in top-shelf liquor if you don't know what to do with it. Accordingly, the book is subdivided by the three key stages of preparation, assembly, and serving. Preparation takes up the bulk of the title, with detailed chapters on juices, sodas, syrups, bitters, and ice before even getting to measuring and mixing. Classic and creative recipes sprinkled throughout are chosen to highlight specific methods: homemade quinine syrup in a gin and tonic, or a choice of old fashioneds showcasing different sweeteners. Straightforward directions are matched with beautifully clear photographs that make homemade grenadine, limoncello, and ginger beer look enticingly simple. The author also demystifies shaking, muddling, and presentation—you'll be flaming orange peel in no time. VERDICT An accessible but sophisticated primer that could render the rest of the cocktail library obsolete.—Joanna Scutts, Astoria, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452113845
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
81,425
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender and blogger who manages the bar at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.

Martha Holmberg is the author of Modern Sauces and Crêpes.

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