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Mr. Boston Official Bartender's & Party Guide

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For more than 60 years, Mr. Boston has been mixing drinks for amateurs and professionals alike. A definitive drink directory, "Mr. Boston Official Bartender's & Party Guide" is the bartender's bible, and now contains more invaluable information than ever before. From new, trendy drink recipes such as the "Cosmopolitan" to useful facts about single malt scotches along w ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1935)
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Mike Lester
Apr 17, 2012 Mike Lester rated it it was amazing
Mr. Boston! My guide, my Virgil, O Captain My Captain.... This book helped me make it through college, and for that I am eternally grateful. Salud! 5 stars.
Feb 26, 2017 Mell rated it really liked it
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We own a vintage hardcopy (1965, thank you Goodwill book pile) and a modern paperback. I'm not sure if the Old Mr. Boston brand of liquors still exist? But this small guide is a fun resource. The internet has likely made this book obsolete, but my household is a bit old-school. Cheers to books, cocktails, and books about cocktails. >-
May 25, 2009 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For amateurs and muscled barhands alike, revamped with help from the best bartenders: tiki classics by Beachbum Berry, culinary Manhattans from Eben Freeman, and the sublime Gin Gin Mule by Audrey Saunders (gin, ginger, mint and lime; search for it, then surrender).

This volume is sturdy, condensed, and intuitively organized with standards in the front, virgin, punch and hot drinks in the back, and the rest grouped by base liquor. Gin is the largest category, followed by rum and whiskey. If you'd
Feb 13, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This recipe collection has come a long way from earlier editions on which I cut my teeth (and irritated my stomach lining). Back then the book was an accurate reflection of the dismal 1980s cocktail scene, with recipes for Fuzzy Navels and Slow Comfortable Screws, but nary an authentic vintage formula. The current (65th) edition makes Mr. Boston relevant again; it's not only caught up with today's cocktail revolution, but includes authentic versions of pre-Prohibition and midcentury classics. (B ...more
By whatever slightly different title it may be known or by whatever edition you may have, the elegantly executed hand-sized Mr. Boston drink recipe guides, published since 1935 by Glenmore Distilleries, have been a part of life 'round these Kentucky parts for as long as I can remember. The edition I bought was the 1988 one (the one listed here); but there are older editions over at my parents' house, I'm sure. I'm no drink magician; I've only attempted a few of these. But pretty much the basic p ...more
Oct 29, 2007 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: drinkers
The best part about this book is that it has the recipes divided by base spirit (and it has quite a few recipes). The Joy of Mixology actually breaks down cocktails into families and explains some of the evolution too.
Mar 26, 2007 Gabriel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AA Members
Shelves: drink
Terribly organized, dated, and out-of-touch with reality this book offers nothing to the serious or beginning imbiber.

Basically a poorly written attempt to get you to purchase Mr. Boston products which, really, tells you all you need to know about it.
Mar 10, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bartenders, Party People
Shelves: cookbooks
Good mixology book for all the standards although it is lacking in the modern beverages department.
I can see why this is America's most popular drink guide.
Nov 23, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's & Party GUide by Renee Cooper (1994)
Chris Ronemus
Mar 12, 2008 Chris Ronemus rated it liked it
Great guide for basic bartending knowledge. While this book is a helpful starting point, it definitely lacks recipes for any modern/trendy/common contemporary drinks (Lemon drops, etc).
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