I love how casual and accessible this book comes off as, Morgenthaler cuts through the rubbish and demystifies a lot of the pretensions associated with bartending and social drinking to allow anyone who wants to learn, or be a part of the culture, a quick read to feel confident walking into any bar (public or private ). — Alex Bell
An opinionated, illustrated guide for cocktail beginners, covering the basics of spirits plus making and drinking cocktails, written by celebrated craft cocktail bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
This easy-reading, colorful introduction for cocktail beginners, with approximately 100 succinct lessons on drinking culture, spirits, and cocktail making, is delivered in the pithy, wry style Morgenthaler is known for in his instructional videos and writing for beverage publications. Novices will learn how to order a drink, how to drink with the boss, how to drink at the airport, and more. Twelve perfect starter recipes—ranging from a Dry Gin Martini to a Batched Old-Fashioned (perfect for the flask)—plus thirty original illustrations round out this distillation for new enthusiasts.
About the Author
JEFFREY MORGENTHALER is the award-winning bar director of Clyde Common and Pépé le Moko, the author of The Bar Book, and a cocktail editor and columnist for Food Republic. Morgenthaler has been featured in Saveur, the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Imbibe, and more.
SAMI GASTON is a bartender-turned-illustrator.
Praise for The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler:
"My favorite drinks book of the year is The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Mr. Morgenthaler, a well-regarded Portland, Ore.-based bartender and blogger, notes that a great cocktail requires a combination of three elements: recipe, ingredient and technique. He admits that the first two have been well-plumbed in existing books, then lasers in on the third. Just learning how to make his ingenious but simple 'MacGyver Centrifuge' with cheesecloth and a salad spinner to filter fruit juices is nearly worth the cover price." —Wayne Curtis, Wall Street Journal
"An accessible but sophisticated primer that could render the rest of the cocktail library obsolete." —Library Journal