• Title: The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks
  • Author: Dale DeGroff David Kressler
  • ISBN: 9780307405739
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Essential Cocktail The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks Dale DeGroff is widely regarded as the world s foremost mixologist Hailed by the New York Times as single handedly responsible for what s been called the cocktail renaissance he earned this reputatio
    Dale DeGroff is widely regarded as the world s foremost mixologist Hailed by the New York Times as single handedly responsible for what s been called the cocktail renaissance, he earned this reputation during his twelve years at the fashionable Promenade Bar in New York City s Rainbow Room It was there in 1987 that he not only reintroduced the cocktail menu to the counDale DeGroff is widely regarded as the world s foremost mixologist Hailed by the New York Times as single handedly responsible for what s been called the cocktail renaissance, he earned this reputation during his twelve years at the fashionable Promenade Bar in New York City s Rainbow Room It was there in 1987 that he not only reintroduced the cocktail menu to the country but also began mixing drinks from scratch, using impeccably fresh ingredients instead of the widespread mixes used at the time Known especially for crafting unique cocktails, reviving classics, and coaxing superior flavor from his ingredients, DeGroff has selected his 100 essential drinks and 100 of their best variations including many of his signature cocktails for this premier mixology guide.The Essential Cocktail features only those drinks that stand out for their flavor, interesting formula, or distinctive technique These are the very ones every amateur and professional bartender must know, the martinis, sours, highballs, tropicals, punches, sweets, and classics, both old and new, that form the core of a connoisseur s repertoire Throughout the book are DeGroff s personal twists, such as a tangy Grapefruit Julep or a refreshing Yuzu Gimlet.To complement the tantalizing photographs of each essential cocktail, DeGroff also regales readers with the fascinating lore behind a drink s genesis and instructs us on using the right ingredients, techniques, glasses, and garnishes As Julia Child s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the classic compendium for home chefs and gourmands, so The Essential Cocktail will be the go to book for serious mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts.

    One Reply to “The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks”

    1. Was wirklich wichtig istDas letzte halbe Jahr war, was Cocktails angeht, für mich ein sehr spannendes. Früher war ich ein Freund des Bekannten; bevor man riskiert, 8€ für einen mir nicht schmeckenden Cocktail auszugeben, habe ich lieber immer dieselben getrunken: Americano, El Presidente, Manhattan, Whiskey Sour oder Sazerac. Heute ist das anders: Es gab in diesen 6 Monaten kaum einen Cocktail, den ich zweimal getrunken hätte. Wie man auf meiner Cocktailwelt-Seite sehen kann, gehe ich nun [...]

    2. from amazonBeautifully done in both material and layout,this is bound to be a must have classic tome on mixology.While it covers only about 500 recipes,it covers 500 worthwhile or essential(hence the title)cocktails, all well worthy of inclusion in a cocktail reference book - not just a compendium of every drink ever concocted (for better or worse). Almost every drink is given a short but interesting history/intro, then ingredients, directions, and photographs of the finished drink.Larger format [...]

    3. Pair with The Craft of the Cocktail; neither is complete unto itself. There is also some repetition between the two books, but I am OK with that. This one is slicker. The publishers got someone to organize it better than the first one, and present the material with lots of pretty pictures, but I think the first one stands a better chance of becoming an ageless reference book. This one already seems dated, with the emphasis on "foam" and name brand ingredients that he throws in because he gets hi [...]

    4. A worthy addition to your wines and spirits library, this book is both for the beginner and the veteran cocktail maker. The are separate sections for classic cocktails, highball, tropicals, sours, modern innovations, and on glassware, garnishes, and syrups. I especially like the little nuggets of information and history sprinkled throughout this book. You need this kind of minutia as a barperson, when preparing and lingering over your favorite cocktails. The art, photography and illustrations al [...]

    5. I struggled with this book. On one hand there are excellent basics in it, especially the appendices. On the other it's so full of "I invented this variation for such-and-such event/company/place" that it's off putting to me. I am especially irked by the disappearing page numbers. It's next to impossible to use the index since the layout doesn't have page numbers on about 75% of the pages.End result is that I'll probably photocopy several things before I take it back to the library, but few of th [...]

    6. Beautiful book. And I really enjoyed all the history mixed throughout. Not many recipes call for hard-to-find ingredients, and anyone picking up a $35 cocktail book is probably interested in going exotic anyway. The one part that bothered me throughout is that he kept modernizing recipes but not including the original. Updating drinks for contemporary tastes is a great service, but it would have been neat to just see the original for comparison.

    7. I haven't read this book yet, but this weekend I had the pure luck of sharing a breakfast table with a charming elderly man who is related to Dale DeGroff our breakfast conversation covered everything from Navy Pier in Chicago, WWII, the start of TV broadcasting, to the Rainbow Room, cocktails and family. I was so charmed I figured I best find a copy of this book and explore it myself

    8. After discovering the “Blood and Sand” (equal parts blended scotch, cherry Heering, sweet vermouth, and orange juice) on a trip to visit friends in Canada, I knew I had to get this book. It’s a great mix of recipes and history and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves classic cocktails.

    9. The recipes are excellent but it's the history and lore that Degroff throws in that really makes this book. Cheers!

    10. Excellent book on all levels--photography, drink recipes, writing, research, history. The index could use some work, but otherwise I'd highly recommend this one.

    11. 100 essentials + variations, plus a little backstory on the drinks' history - if you enjoy reading cookbooks and are an aspiring mixologist, this book is a good one to turn to.

    12. He has a something missing from many books about drinks, information about pre-Prohibition Era drinks, which was interesting to read.

    13. Great book, but be ready to head to the store to get all the fixinslots of unique/hard to find ingredients on a lot of the recipes.

    14. Interesting history, easy to follow recipes, good background information, and a very comprehensive set of drinks including many variants. A very useful book.

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