The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes

March 8, 2020 - Comment

The first real cookbook for cocktails, featuring 500 recipes from the world’s premier mixologist, Dale DeGroff. 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

The first real cookbook for cocktails, featuring 500 recipes from the world’s premier mixologist, Dale DeGroff.

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 concoctions, many featuring DeGroff’s signature use of fresh juices, as well as all the classics.

It begins with the history of spirits, how they’re made (but without too much boring science), the development of the mixed drink, and the culture it created, all drawn from DeGroff’s vast library of vintage cocktail books. Then on to stocking the essential bar, choosing the right tools and ingredients, and mastering key techniques—the same information that DeGroff shares with the bartenders he trains in seminars and through his videos. And then the meat of the matter: 500 recipes, including everything from tried-and-true classics to of-the-moment originals. Throughout are rich stories, vintage recipes, fast facts, and other entertaining asides.

Beautiful color photographs and a striking design round out the cookbook approach to this subject, highlighting the difference between an under-the-bar handbook and a stylish, full-blown treatment. The Craft of the Cocktail is that treatment, destined to become the bible of the bar.

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Anonymous says:

Not organized like a cookbook Lots of good recipes but … It’s arranged alphabetically by the name of the cocktail, although all the martinis are together, likewise a couple of other ‘genres’. So two drinks that both have rye in them could be at opposite ends of the book.It has an inadequate index: for example, it has fewer than a dozen different listings under ‘Gin’ but I counted 33 recipes that include gin.In an earlier version of this review I mistakenly said there was no index.

Anonymous says:

Great except for organization and font “The Craft of the Cocktail” is a great book except for the horrible organization (what were they thinking?) and tiny, gray font in places. Many of the recipes are on the IBA lists, and it would have been very helpful to provide that information. The section on techniques is the best part of the book, although Jeffrey Morganthaller’s “The Bar Book” is more in-depth. DeGroff is the self-proclaimed king of cocktails for a reason, so get the book. His follow-up companion book,…

Anonymous says:

this one is superior because it dives deeply into every standard ingredient Picked this up after I saw the author on an early Anthony Bourdain “A Cook’s Tour” episode where he made a classic Martini. I own several books about mixology already, this one is superior because it dives deeply into every standard ingredient. Need a proper introduction to different whiskeys or tequilas? This is your go-to. Also contains some lively stories and a good set of recipes for all the classic cocktails.

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