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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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Alex Orr
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Josh
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Despite being a classic book, it is really dated. It contains a good introductory section, but although the recipes offer a glimpse into the beginning of the cocktail Renaissance (fresh juice etc) its original recipes do not tempt me and the classics are rather sweeter than modern tastes.

The author is well respected by modern bartenders, but it seems to have gone to his head and displays his obsession with himself, flamed orange peels and orange juice throughout (and in that order!).

A lot of t
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Helmut
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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Kennst du das Land, wo die Orangen blühn?
Dale DeGroff ist weit rumgekommen in der Cocktailwelt, ohne Frage. Neben seinen Verdiensten, die er (hin und wieder ein bisschen narzisstisch) in kleinen Anekdoten in diesem Buch verarbeitet, und die sich hauptsächlich darauf beziehen, einen starken Qualitätsgedanken in Bezug auf die Frische der Zutaten, der Zubereitung und Präsentation auch in Bartendern zu verankern, fallen mir bei diesem Buch aus dem Jahre 2002 aber erstmal ein ein paar Verbrechen ins
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Anne Frisbie
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cocktails
If you want a cocktail reference book with quite a lot of classic cocktail recipes, then this book is very good.

The first third of the book is educational, but also funny & charming. Some things that I learned:
- mezcal's relationship to tequila,
- how to flame a peel,
- how to properly salt a glass rim, and that
- FDR made popular the dirty martini.

I loved Dale's passion for cocktails. He wrote that cocktails are as American as baseball, and represent a composite beverage just as Americans a
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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
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
erik
Feb 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bill
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joe
Jul 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Kevin
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
good history, stories, recipes... everything you need.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best cocktail book I've seen--great photos, good recipes
Audrey
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Needs a better index (no ability to search by ingredient)! Otherwise, one of the best cocktail books on the market.
Jason M
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This will actually give you tips to how to make alcohol beverages that will make a customer give you feedback towards your creation.
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