By Mittie Hellmich
Published: June, 2006; Chronicle
Synopsis: Ultimate Bar Book is the first and only guide to classic and new drink recipes. Loaded with essential-to-know topics such as barware, tools, and mixing tips, this book has it all. As a mistress of mixology, the author has the classics down to a T -- the Martini, the Bloody Mary, plus the many variations (the Dirty Martini, the Virgin Mary). And then there are all the creative new elixirs the author brings to the table, like the Tasmanian Twister Cocktail or the Citron Sparkler. Illustrations show precisely what type of glass should be used for each drink. With dozens of recipes for garnishes, rims, infusions, and syrups; punches, gelatin shooters, hot drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages; and -- let's not forget -- an essential selection of hangover remedies, Ultimate Bar Book is nothing short of top-shelf.
My Take: A couple of years ago my boyfriend decided he was going to learn the art of the cocktail. Man, am I glad he did. It makes evenings and parties so much more fun! Decidedly more tasty then throwing some liquor in with a super sweet mix, real cocktails involve high quality liquor, fresh juices, and special ingredients for our ever growing cabinet and fridge. When he received this book as a gift from some friends he knew he had hit the jackpot.
'The Ultimate Bar Book' packs quite the punch. It is small in stature, yet holds every drink we can ever think to quiz it, both old and new. It explains the different types of glasses, barware, and ingredients every essential bar should have. Every drink we have made has been delicious and it's always fun to discover the new and fun drink and to try all of the old classics. San Francisco is one of those towns where cocktails are just as popular at restaurants as the main course but now that we have the knowledge of this bar book we sometimes find in other towns that when we order an old school drink we have to explain the drink to the barman, and well, that never turns out right! But if you are looking for a fun gift or to add to your repertoire you can't go wrong with this one.
Now I'll share my favorite drink recipe...so far!
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz. triple sec
1 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
4-5 oz. chilled 7-Up
Shake all liquid ingredients except the 7-Up vigorously with ice. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with 7-Up and stir gently. Squeeze the lemon wedge over the drink and drop it in. Enjoy!
(This book was a gift)