The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes
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Cocktails are bigger than ever, and this is the first real cookbook for them, covering the entire breadth of this rich subject. The Craft of the Cocktail provides much more than merely the same old recipes: it delves into history, personalities, and anecdotes; it shows you how to set up a bar, master important techniques, and use tools correctly; and it delivers unique con...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Clarkson Potter
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Walt Falconer
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Dale DeGroff is to blame for setting me off on a quest for the perfect Sazerac.

While it lasted (and I can testify that its demise had nothing to do with the quality of the drink and food) DeGroff's Blackbird bar/restaurant in Manhattan was a place I enjoyed going when I could spare the time and cash. When you got DeGroff into the realm of the bitters-tinged cocktail, his subtly aromatic, complex, and a little bit dark and twisted drinks were a treat for the nose and tongue, even a...more
Alex Orr
DeGroff is a well-respected cocktailian, but IMO, this book has aged poorly. Published in 2002, it is a mixed-drink time warp back to the '90s. As a result, the foundation for many, many recipes is various flavored vodkas and other artifically candy-sweet liqueurs, so get ready to break open your chambord, peach schnapps, and melon liqueur. Unsurprisingly, most everything I've made out of this book is too sweet, and that even includes old guard cocktails like the Ward Eight. DeGroff has better b...more
Nicholle
At first I was tempted to give this 3 stars because the layout is a little impractical. As others have mentioned, the index is not user friendly if you're trying to find recipes quickly or by spirit. However, the reference sections about vintage glassware and barware, and the techniques strewn throughout, do make it more useful. In one reading I was able to find out the name of a coupe glass that had eluded me for almost a year, and that you need a channel knife to make spiral garnishes. For tha...more
Tanya Ohearn
I've read this but want to read it again.
Nicole
If you have any interest in making awesome cocktails at all, read this book. I have just started to take an interest in making cocktails so I picked up this book. The history he includes at the beginning is create, as well as all the information on tools + alcohol. And the recipes. Awesome! I read this book in 2 days and learned a lot. I made the cocktail, Bee Knees tonight and it was hit. Anyway, fabulous read that I couldn't recommend more for those interested in the art of cocktails.
Pixie
At first I gave this 4 stars, because I didn't really care for the more or less alphabetical organization of the recipes, but in going over the book carefully, I found it chock-full of all the information anyone would need to become a skilled bartender, plus a lot of interesting historical information.
Bill
Nov 19, 2008 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bill by: The author
Of course I am biased... The author is a cousin of my wife... and he was at our wedding! I'm not much of an imbiber, but I did enjoy the lessons and history in the book... and I know from experience that Dale can make an excellent cocktail and he's an excellent cook too!
Wayne
Jun 19, 2007 Wayne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Topers
If you get a single drink book to learn about making cocktails, this is the one. Dale is the master -- he serves up a good selection of modern and historic cocktails. Start here, and then move on to some of the more specialized guides, like Ted Haigh's and Jeff Berry's.
erik
He's a cocktail snob and it shows in his ever-so-slightly arrogant comments, his thoughtful layout and great mix of modern and classic drinks. Because of the format, it isn't the best book to keep under the bar, but it's perfect for your nightstand.
Joe
This is THE cocktail book. Sure, it's expensive and made for the coffee table rather than for actual bar work, but its the best hard copy resource for historically trustworthy recipes.
Audrey
Needs a better index (no ability to search by ingredient)! Otherwise, one of the best cocktail books on the market.
Catherine Woodman
Best cocktail book I've seen--great photos, good recipes
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