The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy
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The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy

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Beautifully illustrated, beautifully designed, and beautifully crafted--just like its namesake--this is the ultimate bar book by NYC's most meticulous bartender.

To say that PDT is a unique bar is an understatement. It recalls the era of hidden Prohibition speakeasies: to gain access, you walk into a raucous hot dog stand, step into a phone booth, and get permission to ente...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sterling Epicure
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So excited to expand our bar and try out a ton of new recipes!
The greatest book I never read! On a certain level I find it hard to fault. This is a handsome book you would be proud to have on your shelf, beautifully designed and illustrated, a fine example of the art of bookmaking that easily matches the art of the cocktails you'll find inside. And if you are a fan of New York's PDT, it has interesting information about the origins of the bar and, of course, many of the recipes for their legendary cocktails and the hot dogs. Whether you're an experienced b...more
Look, this book is pretty great. I mean it. Lots of recipes for not only cocktails, but infusions as well, explanations on how to do things like flame peels (if you were unfamiliar) - it's quite good. And truly, I appreciate the level of specificity used by Meehan in regards to liquor brands and what not, because ingredients very much matter.


If I ever wanted to intimidate a friend OUT OF making their own drinks at home, which I would never, but ever, want to do, I would give them this bo...more
Beautiful and impressive book, but one that will live on my bookshelf instead of my bar. The recipes are for serious cocktail geeks, but the instructions are for cocktail noobs. And I don't understand the chapter on how PDT is set up. It's more of a guide for creating your own PDT than for learning cocktails, and intermediate cocktail enthusiasts like me will be bored on learning how to make simple syrup and use a hawthorne strainer but overwhelmed by some of the other instructions and recipes....more
Some cool cocktail ideas, a good addition to my food/drink recipe library
Niki Ganong
If you know someone who like cocktails, buy them this book. They will love you forever. Not only is it a beautiful book, but the recipes and lore are great. It's one of the best cocktail books I've ever read and will be a permanent reference on my bar.
The best modern cocktail book out there. Taken alongside David Wondrich's Imbibe, you have nearly everything you need to begin taking cocktails seriously.
Max Holzapfel
The book does contain some nice recipes and the art work is great. But I would have loved some more details to the drinks.
The illustrations and commentaries are awesome!
Kristen Kolb
My new go-to guide as a fledgling mixologist.
Caroline Fontenot
Great recipes, of course.
what's not to love?
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Jim Meehan is the co-founder of the celebrated speakeasy PDT in New York's East Village. He began bartending at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and worked at New York City mainstays such as Gramercy Tavern before founding his own cocktail bar inside of a popular hotdog stand. Mr Meehan is a frequent contributor to cocktail magazines; The PDT Cocktail Book is his first book. Mr Meehan now li...more
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