Bartending For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))
by Ray Foley
From classic drinks to todays coolest cocktails this comprehensive A to Z guide shows you how to create over 1000 different drinks. Loaded with bartending tips serving suggestions and more.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by For Dummies
(first published September 26th 1997)
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I thought the material was well-presented and comprehensible, though it is far outside of my normal area of expertise. I do think there were two weaknesses. One is that the section on wine was brief. The author admitted this and explained that it was because there is so much other information on wine out there, but it still seems like there could have been some useful information that would be helpful for working with customers to figure out what they want. Also the recipes section was very expa...more
I really liked this book, it had over 1,000 drink recipes. The book shows you how to make cocktails, punches,frozen beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, how to create your own concoctions and many other unique and fun ideas. I learned how to garish drinks with fruits, how to make lemon twists and how rim glasses. I also learned the history of different types of liquors and how they are made and how to use them in the right drinks. I learned what a proof is and if you don't know what a proof is th...more
Like all the "...for Dummies" books this one provides a basic introduction to its subject. I found the chapters on the origins and qualities of the various spirits rather interesting and the recipe section coveres all the bases. I've marked this book "Read" but honestly I'll probably never actually finish it as I will certainly come back to it time and again. The only detraction I might give is that it was geared more toward the aspiring barman than the average guy who just wants to learn how to...more
I learned about lots of cocktails, I can tell you that! No, seriously, I wasn't intending on becoming a bartender when I picked up this book, most of which consists of hundreds of cocktail recipes organized by first initial. I was only intending on learning a little bit about how all the different alcohols are made, and what drinks they're used in. I'll be looking for a more thorough history of alcohols in the future.