The Art of the Cocktail

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Ever wondered how to mix a Manhattan or build a B52? What exactly goes in a Cosmopolitan, and how does the salt stay on the rim of your Margarita glass? In The Art of the Cocktail, award-winning bartender and best-selling author Ben Reed tells you all you need to know about the art of making the perfect cocktail. Ben begins by exploring the glamorous origins and culture of the cocktail, celebrating its lasting appeal. In Behind the Bar, he takes you right back to the basics of mixology. With a whistle-stop tour ...
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Overview

Ever wondered how to mix a Manhattan or build a B52? What exactly goes in a Cosmopolitan, and how does the salt stay on the rim of your Margarita glass? In The Art of the Cocktail, award-winning bartender and best-selling author Ben Reed tells you all you need to know about the art of making the perfect cocktail. Ben begins by exploring the glamorous origins and culture of the cocktail, celebrating its lasting appeal. In Behind the Bar, he takes you right back to the basics of mixology. With a whistle-stop tour of the staple cocktail liquors, from vodka to rum, you'll discover what makes each liquor perfect for mixing in cocktails. There's an invaluable list of what to have in your personal bar, plus a section on balancing the flavors in cocktails, with hints and tips on the best garnishes and mixers to complement your drink.

In Equipment and Techniques, Ben tells you just how to shake or stir a martini, and explains what to do with a "muddler." There's information on the must-have tools of the trade and matching your cocktail to the correct glass. In The Perfect Serve, he shows you how to create a gin and tonic like a professional. Armed with the know-how and your cocktail shaker, it's time to experiment. With over 200 recipes, there's a drink to suit any taste. Start the evening with a Power Aperitif -- from an Orange Daiquiri to a Gin Gimlet. Create an irresistible Champagne Cocktail from a Bellini to a James Bond, and impress your guests with one of the Smashes such as a minty Mojito. For summer drinking, there are long refreshing cocktails in Highballs, Coolers, and Punches, including a fruity Sea Breeze and a tantalizing Mai Tai. Sip and savor the modern classic Cosmopolitan, or shoot down an Alabama Slammer from the Slammers, Sippers, and Shooters. Round off a meal with a soothing Old Fashioned or a Vodka Espresso from the collection of Digestifs. With a cocktail recipe for every occasion, Ben's top tips and stunning photography by William Lingwood, The Art of the Cocktail is destined to become the home bartender's bible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781845978945
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Basics 6
Where it all Began 8
Behind the Bar 14
The Recipes 50
Martinis 52
Power Aperitifs 80
Margaritas 92
Champagne Cocktails 102
Collinses, Rickeys, and Fizzes 110
Smashes 116
Fixes 124
Sours 130
Highballs, Coolers, and Punches 136
Slammers, Sippers, and Shooters 146
Digestifs and Creamy Cocktails 156
Morning After 170
Mocktails 176
Glossary 184
Index 188
Acknowledgments 192
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