The Bar Book — Bartending and mixology for the home cocktail enthusiast
Learn the key techniques of bartending and mixology from a master: Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks.
Over 60 of the best drink recipes: The Bar Book contains more than 60 recipes that employ the techniques you will learn in this bartending book. Each technique is illustrated with how-to photography to provide inspiration and guidance.
Bartending and mixology techniques include the best practices for:
JuicingGarnishingCarbonatingStirring and shakingChoosing the correct ice for proper chilling and dilution of a drinkAnd, much more
If you found PTD Cocktail Book, 12 Bottle Bar, The Joy of Mixology, Death and Co., and Liquid Intelligence to be helpful among bartending books, you will find Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s The Bar Book to be an essential bartender book.
I’ve read many books about mixology but none have been as comprehensive and entertaining as this. Any student of the craft should have this text within arm’s reach. Bravo!
Great cocktail reference for a beginner
Gave very thorough descriptions of cocktail mixing techniques with great pictures and examples as applied to classic cocktails. Also gave detailed general information on fruit and fruit juice preparation that could easily be used beyond making drinks.
Only content missing in my assessment is that they did not specifically cover fundamentals of constructing drinks (e.g., what liquors/ingredients go together and why) which would have been helpful for a beginner.
Overall, a quick read and something I am certain that I will refer back to regularly.