Featuring classic cocktails as well as more recent innovations, this is a highly accessible guide for anyone wishing to create and mix their own drinks.
A useful practical section on bartending techniques includes guidance on bartending equipment, glasses, and garnishes, as well as tricks of the trade such as frosting glasses, shaking cocktails and making decorative fruit twists.
Clear step-by-step instructions cover more specialist techniques, such as making flavoured syrups and spirits and steeping spirits. Further practical advice on how to prepare for a party, plus useful information about alcohol and health -- including tips for safe drinking and avoiding hangovers -- make this the ultimate guide to creating cocktails and drinks at home.
The recipe section of the book is packed with step-by-step recipes for all types of cocktails and drinks, including classic combinations from the 1920s Jazz Age, such as Grand Hotel and Chrysanthemum; drinks from the 1980s cocktail revival, such as Oasis and Buck's Fizz; and cocktails from today's new bars, including Titanic and Cosmopolitan.
This is the complete bartender's guide to creating and mixing over 450 classic cocktails and famous mixed drinks, all shown in more than 480 colour photographs. With its fascinating drink-related anecdotes, it is the only book any drinks professional, or lover of fine mixes and the great cocktail tradition, will ever need tucked under their bar.