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Bartending For Dummies
     

Bartending For Dummies

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by Ray Foley
 

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Make and serve drinks like a pro

This latest edition of Bartending For Dummies features over 1,000 drink recipes in an A-Z format with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. This 5th Edition also provides over 40 new cocktails ideas for those who want to know how to serve cocktails professionally, for themselves, or for their guests.

    Overview

    Make and serve drinks like a pro

    This latest edition of Bartending For Dummies features over 1,000 drink recipes in an A-Z format with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. This 5th Edition also provides over 40 new cocktails ideas for those who want to know how to serve cocktails professionally, for themselves, or for their guests.

    • Detailed information on how to properly stock a bar with the latest and greatest glassware and tools
    • Expanded coverage on making exotic frozen/blended specialties and specialty coffees
    • Experimenting with the new flavor/buzz in Bourbons and Scotches: honey
    • The latest flavored rums, gins, ryes, and of course vodkas (buttered, waffle, sherbet, and marshmallow flavored are just a few new editions)
    • New coverage devoted to craft distillers
    • Fun, new ways to garnish drinks (even flaming options), rim, and serve drinks like a master mixologist
    • Tips on creating unique punches and even non-alcoholic drinks
    • The latest tips and advice on curing hangovers and hiccups

    If you're interested in crafting traditional or modern cocktails, Bartending For Dummies has you covered.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781118791264
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Publication date:
    02/03/2014
    Series:
    For Dummies Series
    Pages:
    384
    Sales rank:
    185,571
    Product dimensions:
    5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

    Read an Excerpt

    Chapter 19
    Those Famous Pousse-Cafés

    In This Chapter

    • How you make them
    • A couple of important charts

    Pousse-Cafés are layered speciality drinks that first became popular with bartenders in New Orleans in the 1840s and became a fad throughout the United States in the early 1900s. Pousse-Café is French for push down the coffee. Pouring this sort of drink is a true test for bartenders (so if you ask a bartender to make one for you, be sure to tip him or her well).

    It's All about Specific Gravity

    To produce a nicely layered drink, you need a steady hand, a spoon, and some knowledge of the specific gravities of cordials, syrups, brandies, and other spirits. Basically, you have to carefully pour "lighter" liquids on top of "heavier" liquids in order for them to stay separate. The result is a colorful rainbow effect.

    Easier said than done. You can help your effort immensely if you pour the liquids that you're layering over the back of a spoon. The spoon breaks the fall of the liquids, enabling them to layer more easily.

    If you get everything right, the drink will amaze your friends and win you influence. If you plan to serve Pousse-Cafés at a party, you can avoid performance anxiety and the accompanying shaky hands by making your Pousse-Cafés ahead of time. They will keep for at least an hour in the refrigerator.

    Some Helpful Charts

    Table 22-1, from Hiram Walker Cordials, lists the specific gravity index of its various liqueurs, syrups, and so on. (If you use other brands, the specific gravities may vary.)

    Table 22-2 lists a layering order based on my own experience, testing, and tasting.

    For best results, layer ingredients that have a ranking at least four spaces apart on the chart. It's unlikely that Crème de Cacao (6) will float on Praline (5), but Blue Curaçao (12) certainly will.

    Table 22-1

    Hiram Walker Pousse-Café Specific Gravity Index

    No.

    Proof Product Specific Gravity Color

    1

    40 Crème de Cassis 1.1833 Light brown

    2

    25 Grenadine 1.1720 Red

    3

    54 Crème de Cacao, Brown 1.1561 Brown

    4

    48 Hazelnut Schnapps 1.1532 Tawny

    5

    40 Praline 1.1514 Brown

    6

    54 Crème de Cacao, White 1.1434 White

    7

    56 Crème de Noyaux 1.1342 Red

    8

    48 Licorice Schnapps 1.1300 Clear

    9

    54 Chocolate Cherry 1.1247 Brown

    10

    56 Crème de Banana 1.1233 Yellow

    11

    54 Chocolate Mint 1.1230 Brown

    12

    48 Blue Curaçao 1.1215 Blue

    13

    54 Swiss Chocolate Almond 1.1181 Brown

    14

    60 Crème de Menthe, White 1.1088 Clear

    15

    60 Crème de Menthe, Green 1.1088 Green

    16

    60 Orange Curaçao 1.1086 Tawny

    17

    60 Anisette, White and Red 1.0987 White/Red

    18

    48 Crème de Strawberry 1.0968 Red

    19

    48 Wild Strawberry Schnapps 1.0966 Clear

    20

    48 Red Hot Schnapps 1.0927 Red

    21

    60 Triple Sec 1.0922 White

    22

    60 Rock & Rye 1.0887 Yellow

    23

    40 Cranberry Cordial 1.0872 Red

    24

    50 Amaretto 1.0842 Tawny

    25

    48 Old Fashioned Root Beer Schnapps 1.0828 Tawny

    26

    84 Sambuca 1.0813 White

    27

    40 Country Melon Schnapps 1.0796 Pink

    28

    70 Coffee-Flavored Brandy 1.0794 Brown

    29

    48 Red Raspberry Schnapps 1.0752 Clear

    30

    48 Snappy Apricot Schnapps 1.0733 Tawny

    31

    48 Cinnamon Schnapps 1.0732 Red

    32

    48 Spearmint Schnapps 1.0727 Clear

    33

    60 Shamrock Schnapps 1.0617 Green

    34

    60 Peppermint Schnapps 1.0615 Clear

    35

    48 Jubilee Peach Schnapps 1.0595 Clear

    36

    70 Raspberry-Flavored Brandy 1.0566 Red

    37

    70 Apricot-Flavored Brandy 1.0548 Tawny

    38

    70 Peach-Flavored Brandy 1.0547 Tawny

    39

    70 Cherry-Flavored Brandy 1.0542 Red

    40

    70 Blackberry-Flavored Brandy 1.0536 Purple

    41

    90 Peach Schnapps 1.0534 Clear

    42

    90 Root Beer Schnapps 1.0441 Brown

    43

    50 Amaretto and Cognac 1.0394 Tawny

    44

    90 Cinnamon Spice Schnapps 1.0358 Reddish

    45

    90 Peppermint Schnapps 1.0340 Clear

    46

    60 Sloe Gin 1.0241 Red

    47

    70 Ginger-Flavored Brandy 0.9979 Light brown

    48

    90 Kirschwasser 0.9410 Clear

    Table 22-2

    The Foley-Cowan-Zazzali Layering Guide

    No.

    Product Color

    1

    Crème de Cassis Red

    2

    Crème de Cacao, Brown Brown

    3

    Kahlua Brown

    4

    Peach Schnapps Clear

    5

    Crème de Banana Yellow

    6

    Anisette Clear

    7

    Crème de Menthe, Green Green

    8

    Crème de Menthe, White Clear

    9

    Melon Green

    10

    Tia Maria Brown

    11

    Cherry Brandy Red

    12

    Apricot Brandy Gold

    13

    Sambuca Clear

    14

    Galliano Yellow

    15

    Amaretto Tawny

    16

    Drambuie Gold

    17

    Benedictine Gold

    18

    Peppermint Schnapps Clear

    19

    Frangelico Gold

    20

    Spearmint Schnapps Clear

    21

    Baileys Irish Cream Cream

    22

    Irish Mist Gold

    23

    Cointreau Clear

    24

    Grand Marnier Gold

    25

    Malibu Rum Clear

    26

    Sloe Gin Red

    27

    B & B Gold

    28

    Southern Comfort Gold

    29

    Chartreuse Green

    30

    Ouzo Clear

    31

    Pernod Yellow

    Pousse-Café Recipes

    You'll find all of the following Pousse-Café recipes in the recipes section (Chapter 18) of this book.

    • Angel's Delight

    • Champerelle

    • Champs Elysses

    • Fifth Avenue

    • Fourth of July

    • Gravure

    • Irish Flag

    • Jamie's Highland Special

    • Parisian Pousse-Café

    • Pousse-Café #1

    • Pousse-Café #2

    • Pousse-Café à la Française

    • Pousse-Café Standish

    • Rainbow Pousse-Café

    • Savoy Hotel

    • Traffic Light

    • Yellow Morning

    Meet the Author

    Ray Foley, publisher of Bartender magazine, has been a professional bartender for more than 20 years. He is also the author of The Ultimate Cocktail Book and The Ultimate Little Shooter Book.

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