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How to Cocktail: Recipes and Techniques for Building the Best Drinks

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All the kitchen secrets, techniques, recipes, and inspiration you need to craft transcendent cocktails, from essential, canonical classics to imaginative all-new creations from America's Test Kitchen.

Cocktail making is part art and part science--just like cooking. The first-ever cocktail book from America's Test Kitchen brings our objective, kitchen-tested and -perfected a
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by America's Test Kitchen
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Patty
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! It was created with the home cook/entertainer in mind. It has recipes for just over 100 cocktails - a far from complete list. Across from each recipe in a full-page, color photo of the garnished cocktail, and it's the photos that really make this book work. Though there are several close seconds, my absolute favorite picture was of the Ramos Gin Fizz.

But it's not just a picture book. Each recipe has a section of "Why this recipe works," which offers tips on making the cocktail, as
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Dani
America's Test Kitchen is known for their recipes for cooking and baking, but now they took on cocktails, too!  As always, their books aren't meant to turn you into a paid professional--in other words, this book won't make you a big-time bartender.  But the trade-off is that it *can* make you a pretty spiffy mixologist and party host in your own home.  As ATK says,
"We always kept the home cook in mind, solving practical challenges like how to make an array of cocktails without having to purchas
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Juli Anna
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A really great little volume! ATK is very hit-or-miss for me, but I thought this book was a hit. This is a great application for ATK's scientific-ish approach to food prep, and the emphasis on technique here was helpful. The cocktail recipes feel classic, but fresh, and I really appreciated all the recipes for homemade bar basics like vermouths and bitters. In addition, I thought the various non-alcoholic cocktails were well considered. ...more
Sherri
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drinks are broken down into your main alcohol categories: gin, brandy, whiskey, etc. Each page has a great photo.

Each drink starts off with a "Why this drink works" section that includes some history and the pros and cons in the Test Kitchen, the recipe, and helpful tips or suggested edits.

A fairly decent handheld bar reference in which perhaps you'll find an old classic or a new favorite!
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Holly
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great recipes for drinks and for the building blocks of drinks such as tonic syrup.
Little
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Gorgeous and inspiring. I haven't actually made a single drink from it, but I bet if I did, they'd be good. ...more
Julie
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A little too much make-it-yourself for my needs. I wanted to learn how to craft cool cocktails, not how to make tonic from scratch. Interesting though.
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