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The 12-Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. the Only Guide You Need for an Amazing Home Bar

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Workman Publishing (first published April 22nd 2014)
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, non-fiction
The 12-Bottle Bar has good recommendations for selecting each of type of spirit. The recipes are spot on as well. I usually prefer a wee dram of Scotch, but I also enjoy vintage inspired cocktails. You won't find any sickly sweet, corn syrup abominations in this book. I've made around a dozen of the recipes in this book, and all have been super tasty.

The Cuban Old Fashioned is the one I make most often. It's so versatile, you can use nearly any spirit and you'll end up with a fine cocktail. Skip
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, netgalley
I received an Advance Reviewer's Copy of this book on Netgalley.

I loved the premise of this book. I hate browsing websites for cocktails and not having anything on hand to make anything, so I mostly stick to old favorites. A collection of cocktails using only a few alcohols is a really handy idea.

But the book was not entirely what I was expecting! When everything's gone mad for Mad Men and other midcentury-modern nostalgia about the wonders of drinking culture, I was expecting more cocktails
Julio Gilgorri
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favourite guidebooks for its simplicity. If you're looking for a good primer for getting into the cocktail world, here it is. If you're looking to review your basics and get a good handle on what really matters for your home bar, this is your book. I'm an amateur home bartender who already prepares lots of different drinks, but I am starting to feel really cluttered with all of the specialty ingredients I've purchased. I wanted to get back to basics, pair down my bottle ...more
Catie Carlton
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love! I choose this book as a guide to dip my toe into the world of mixology, and it was a great asset for that. It really takes any intimidation out of learning the art by breaking down the true necessities for any bar at any budget. History of spirits and cocktails, recipes, fun anecdotes and bar essentials make this book not only a fun cover-to-cover read (which is saying a lot for a reference book), but a fixture on my bar for years to come. Cheers!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are recipe books. Generally boring. Then there are books about recipes...with some to follow. Generally pretty good, in this case quite good. How to make some decent drink for a reasonable array of bottles. well worth it.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, now that my liver has finally failed me.

This book is great for anyone trying to pick up drinking as a hobby. ;)
In all seriousness though, the cocktails taste great, you don't have to spend all that much money and the book is a fun read.
Antoinette Maria
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of good recipes. Though I disagree strongly with some of the choices (2 chapters on rum and none on bourbon? The vermouths being claimed as 1 bottle? Mint julep recipe with rye?), I still think this is a solid choice for a home bartender with a ton of recipes that can be easily made.
Jodi Geever
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Would highly recommend to anyone trying to up the ante on their home bar game!
Russell Berg
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Great way to build a bar and use drink recipes knowing that you have everything at home.
Paul Nasca
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book to capitalize on having a moderate variety of liquor but being able to deliver a wide range of drinks. Bravo!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I liked that they did 1-bottle, 3-bottle options too.
Alex Houseknecht
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own
This is an awesome book for someone starting a home bar. The basic concept revolves around 12 different spirits that can be used to make a vast majority of classic cocktail recipes. The bottles include vodka, amber and white rum, rye whiskey, gin, genever, brandy, aromatic and orange bitters, orange liqueur, and dry and sweet vermouth. Each chapter goes through a quick history of the spirit, as well as signature cocktails that use these bottles. The categories in each chapter include sweet and ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't have enough time with this book (library book) but I will be taking away a lot from it.

With no family in town (read: free babysitting--you people don't know how nice you have it) and our one trusted babysitter getting ready to welcome a baby of her own, my husband and I will have to get a little creative on what we consider a "date night," etc.

I really like the idea of a 12 bottle bar. You don't have to invest in a lot of expensive liquor/liqueur and you can make some really awesome
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I picked this up at a local liquor store, and it has instantly become my favorite book on alcohol. It's a cocktail guide with a credo: anybody should be able to stock their bar without breaking the bank, and master some excellent cocktails right away.

What I love about this book is how it builds up from the basics, spelling out the role of (formerly mysterious) ingredients such as bitters and vermouth in cocktails. It's stuffed with anecdotes, miscellanium, and bits of history, so by the time
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fantastic resource for anyone looking to build their home bar. The authors recommended that an at home bar be stocked with 12 different types of liquor, although they provided some flexibility based on the reader's tastes. The chosen bottles provided an interesting array, and the book gives plenty of drink recipes (ranging from simple to fairly complex) to make based on these bottles. Many of the recipes were for classic cocktails. Some history and background information is given for each of ...more
Rita Hernandez
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy making cocktails at home or want to be the hostess with the mostest then this is the book for you! The 12 Bottles, the title is referring to include 8 Liquors, 2 Vermouths and 2 Bitters and covers drinks with 1 Bottle (Pick Your Poison), 3 Bottles (Adding Bitters & Vermouth) and 4 Bottles (Orange Liqueur). Then everything that you could ever think you would need to know about each of them is listed in their section with recipes. There are several things that I like about this ...more
Nathan Schwartz
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By narrowing down the ingredients to just 12 bottles and substituting freely, the authors give you a lot of the theory behind types of ingredients that go into cocktails and the types of cocktails that can be made. It also has the practical benefit of allowing you to make several different drinks without rushing out to buy something you may only use once. My new favorite book for cocktails. It may be sort of strange to rate a book like this five stars, but it completely redefines the genre in a ...more
Erika Schanzenbach
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
Currently, my go-to book for cocktail recipes. The authors include interesting details about their twelve bottles, without traversing into the boring, and give some suggestions for particular labels to look for when purchasing for your own bar. Many of the recipes are simple enough as to not be prohibitive to actually make on a weeknight if you so desire.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a giveaway. As someone who likes his cocktails, I found this book to be pretty interesting and entertaining. Several of the recipes I try were really pretty good. Everyone who has seen it sitting on my coffee table automatically browses through and wants to try a new drink. Good book.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Lots to like in this book. There are surprising new cocktail recipes and I liked that they recommended specific brands for each type of liquor. I also enjoyed the ideas for themed bars at parties. It didn't quite all come together for me, but still a book worth picking up.
Troy Ketch
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amanda Carr
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So much info here! Great, thorough guide of bartending know-how, appreciated the history tidbits throughout.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very sensible book, but I had to dock it a star for the chapter on Genever and for omitting Bourbon.
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