Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

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Overview

Dale DeGroff is widely regarded as the world’s foremost mixologist. Hailed by the New York Times as “single-handedly responsible for what’s been called the cocktail renaissance,” he earned this reputation during his twelve years at the fashionable Promenade Bar in New York City’s Rainbow Room. It was there in 1987 that he not only reintroduced the cocktail menu to the country but also began mixing drinks from scratch, using impeccably fresh ingredients instead of the widespread mixes used at the time. Known especially for crafting unique cocktails, reviving classics, and coaxing superior flavor from his ingredients, DeGroff has selected his 100 essential drinks and 100 of their best variations—including many of his signature cocktails—for this premier mixology guide.

The Essential Cocktail features only those drinks that stand out for their flavor, interesting formula, or distinctive technique. These are the very ones every amateur and professional bartender must know, the martinis, sours, highballs, tropicals, punches, sweets, and classics, both old and new, that form the core of a connoisseur’s repertoire. Throughout the book are DeGroff’s personal twists, such as a tangy Grapefruit Julep or a refreshing Yuzu Gimlet.

To complement the tantalizing photographs of each essential cocktail, DeGroff also regales readers with the fascinating lore behind a drink’s genesis and instructs us on using the right ingredients, techniques, glasses, and garnishes. As Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the classic compendium for home chefs and gourmands, so The Essential Cocktail will be the go-to book for serious mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307405739
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,158,604
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DALE DEGROFF (a.k.a. the King of Cocktails) is universally acknowledged as the world’s premier mixologist whose innovations have impacted globally the restaurant and beverage industry. DeGroff provides consulting and bar training to beverage companies, hotels, and leading restaurants throughout the world and has won numerous industry awards. The founder and president of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the first museum in the world dedicated to education in mixology and preserving the rich history of the American cocktail, DeGroff is also the author of The Craft of the Cocktail, winner of the IACP Julia Child Award.

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The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book. And I really enjoyed all the history mixed throughout. Not too many recipes call for hard-to-find ingredients, and anyone picking up a $35 cocktail book is probably interested in going exotic anyway. The one part that bothered me throughout is that he kept modernizing recipes but not including the original. Updating drinks for contemporary tastes is a great service, but it would have been neat to just see the original for comparison.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully presented. Inspires me to create something new and something old once a week. The sections on tools & proper glasses gives me an edge for my Thursday night and weekend bartending efforts. Cheers!
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Dale Degroff could make you a million A must have for Bartending................ Inivative ideas to take you to take you to next level.... MAKING MORE MONEY............................
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