The 12 Bottle Bar

The 12 Bottle Bar

A Dozen Bottles, Hundreds of Cocktails, A New Way to Drink

Book - 2014
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It's a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea--a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles--here's how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep.

It's a surprising guide--tequila didn't make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. And it's a literate guide--describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the "salt and pepper" of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat.

Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, 2014.
ISBN: 9780761174943
Characteristics: 412 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs
Alternative Title: Twelve bottle bar


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Dec 27, 2014

I'm always on the lookout for new cocktail books and I'd heard good things about this one. The Solomonsons started a cocktail blog, which led to this book whose premise is right there in the title: invest in 12 bottles (liquor, vermouths, bitters) and you can make a whole bunch of cocktails. Given that many of us amateur mixologists are on a budget, it's a good idea, although some might quibble with their choices (vodka is in, tequila is out). For me the most useful part was the section on homemade syrups and mixers. As with many cocktail books, it's written in a slightly whimsical, slightly irritating manner. Not essential, but a mostly practical guide for the home bartender.

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