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The 12-Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. The Only Guide You Need for an Amazing Home Bar
     

The 12-Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. The Only Guide You Need for an Amazing Home Bar

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by David Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

AP
“It's the bane of the home mixologist — complicated cocktail recipes that call for multiple (and often pricey) esoteric liquors doomed to be used once, then linger for years at the back of the cabinet. Convinced there had to be a better way to stock a bar, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and husband David Solmonson set out to cull the cocktail herd and home in on only the most essential ingredients for great drinking.”
– J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press

“Starting a home bar from scratch can be daunting and expensive… With the right selection, you can keep your stash simple and still be able to make just about every cocktail you could imagine.”
Brooklynmagazine

“Make enough cocktails to last you a lifetime. Limited to only seven spirits, one liqueur, two vermouths and two styles of bitters, you will indeed have a collection that in many ways will exceed most typical bars around the country.”
Good Spirits News

“Here’s to smart barkeeping: Make hundreds of cocktails from a mere dozen bottles.”
Cooking Light

“A great home bar is an abridged one… The 12 Bottle Bar offers tips on stocking enough liquor to keep your cocktail list large but your investment small.”
Los Angeles magazine

“An innovative idea.”
Town & Country

“Covers the bases of modern cocktail making thoroughly.”
Kindred Cocktails

“Maximum cocktail potential from just a few bottles.”
– Liquor.com

“The perfect precursor to a establishing a successful home or café beverage program.”
Fresh Cup

“How many cocktails could you make using just 12 bottles without sacrificing flavor, technique, or creativity? The answer: enough to give your local molecular mixologist a run for his money.”
Publishers Weekly
From the Publisher
“Easy, smart, and fun to read." –Men's Journal

"With this book in hand, your 12 bottles will provide at least a year’s worth of excellent drinks, both classic and modern.” –Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761174943
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
89,159
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher

"The perfect launching pad for a home bar. It will inspire many happy hours of experimentation."
--Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist

"This collection of recipes and anecdotes, bursting at the seams, is simply irresistible."
--Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner, Border Grill Restaurants and Trucks

"A veritable cocktail of a book."
--gaz regan, bartender at the Dead Rabbit, NYC, and author of The Joy of Mixology

Meet the Author

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.

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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The 12-Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. The Only Guide You Need for an Amazing Home Bar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RitaHMS More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy making cocktails at home or want to be the hostess with the mostest then this is the book for you! The 12 Bottles, the title is referring to include 8 Liquors, 2 Vermouths and 2 Bitters and covers drinks with 1 Bottle (Pick Your Poison), 3 Bottles (Adding Bitters & Vermouth) and 4 Bottles (Orange Liqueur). Then everything that you could ever think you would need to know about each of them is listed in their section with recipes. There are several things that I like about this book but I really enjoyed the virgin drinks that weren't your tired run of the mill ones. I know that Shirley Temples are the norm but you can only have those so many times before enough is enough! I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
FrontRangeFamily More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I bought it for my husband, as we've been enjoying our local cocktail bar and thought he might enjoy experimenting at home. I looked at loads of different books before settling on this one. There are many wonderful looking books out there, but I was looking for a good solid starter book - most other options I found contained a huge range of obscure ingredients, and while they were beautiful looking books, it was the practicality of this that I really liked. I hate the idea of buying a huge range of ingredients to put into a cocktail, and then discover that it isn't to your taste at all, and you're stuck with a white elephant in your cupboard. This book has been amazing - We've tried about 10-11 different cocktails so far, and we've liked or loved all of them. The best thing is, we've only invested in about five different bottles so far, and I've made the homemade grenadine (which we mix with soda water for the kids and they love it). There's loads of good recipes for infused spirits (like herby vodkas etc) and I'm keen to make a bunch of those. My husband also loves all the anedotes and cocktail lore that is littered throughout the book, so I think this will keep us going for a good long time. I highly recommend this book, and that's not just because I'm slugging back a delicious Raleigh as I write this review (with seltzer instead of cola). If you're remotely interested in mixing the occasional cocktail at home, then this is the perfect book - you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the bottle store - in fact the authors specifically guide you as to the best examples of each liquor to buy (they recommend a budget, mid-range, and top-end options for each liquor). This is the one of the best kitchen investments we've made in a while .... we highly recommend this book!