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It's a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea--a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles--here's how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep. It's a surprising guide--tequila didn't make the cut, and nIt's a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea--a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles--here's how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep. It's a surprising guide--tequila didn't make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. And it's a literate guide--describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the "salt and pepper" of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat....

Title : The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. a New Way to Drink.
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ISBN : 9780761181385
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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. a New Way to Drink. Reviews

  • Ticklish Owl
    2019-01-18 06:50

    The 12-Bottle Bar has good recommendations for selecting each of type of spirit. The recipes are spot on as well. I usually prefer a wee dram of Scotch, but I also enjoy vintage inspired cocktails. You won't find any sickly sweet, corn syrup abominations in this book. I've made around a dozen of the recipes in this book, and all have been super tasty.The Cuban Old Fashioned is the one I make most often. It's so versatile, you can use nearly any spirit and you'll end up with a fine cocktail. Skip the adulterated Diplomatico, Ron Zacapa, Plantation, and El Dorado rums. This cocktail is delicious with unsweetened dark rum; Panama-Pacific 23 year old, Foursquare 2o04 Ex-bourbon cask, and Barbancourt 15 are all excellent choices. They pair nicely with Peychaud's bitters and a demerara sugar cube, garnish with a Luxardo cherry and an orange wheel. Cocktail perfection. I also make it using Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond Rye or Pikesville Rye, a white sugar cube, 1 dash Angostura, 1 dash Angostura Orange, and a Luxardo cherry. Either way, it never fails to garner hearty mmms all around.You might also enjoy:✱ The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique✱ Speakeasy✱ The Canon Cocktail Book✱ To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion

  • Denise
    2019-02-05 07:14

    I received an Advance Reviewer's Copy of this book on Netgalley. I loved the premise of this book. I hate browsing websites for cocktails and not having anything on hand to make anything, so I mostly stick to old favorites. A collection of cocktails using only a few alcohols is a really handy idea.But the book was not entirely what I was expecting! When everything's gone mad for Mad Men and other midcentury-modern nostalgia about the wonders of drinking culture, I was expecting more cocktails from that era. Not so! Nor is the book much like the original website. Not even the 12 bottles are the same. Despite much poo-pooing of vodka both on the website and in the book, the website's absinthe has been swapped for vodka in the book. The book has also limited itself to only one type of whisky (the website has two), and broken down and also admitted white rum into the ranks of the dirty dozen, along with amber rum.The overall message of this book is that cocktails should highlight, not cover-up, the flavors of the underlying alcohol. Probably as a consequence, none of my favorite cocktails made the cut, which are creamy ladydrinks like Brandy Alexanders and Grasshoppers that, no matter how much hate is heaped upon them, still manage to be delicious. They also take oddball bottles that wouldn't make it in the 12. Ah well. Big props however for a shoutout to the Brandy Old Fashioned! Not many people know about that variant outside of Wisconsin.If you like gin and whisky I think you'll really get a lot out of this book. Unfortunately I don't really like either. I did get some new ideas for brandy however, and as a big surprise my favorite section was the discussion about ICE. I've been doing my ice all wrong!

  • J Guay
    2019-02-09 02:09

    There are recipe books. Generally boring. Then there are books about recipes...with some to follow. Generally pretty good, in this case quite good. How to make some decent drink for a reasonable array of bottles. well worth it.

  • Bellpepper
    2019-01-23 07:03

    Okay, now that my liver has finally failed me. This book is great for anyone trying to pick up drinking as a hobby. ;)In all seriousness though, the cocktails taste great, you don't have to spend all that much money and the book is a fun read.

  • Russell Berg
    2019-02-01 02:54

    Great way to build a bar and use drink recipes knowing that you have everything at home.

  • Alex
    2019-02-02 00:03

    This is an awesome book for someone starting a home bar. The basic concept revolves around 12 different spirits that can be used to make a vast majority of classic cocktail recipes. The bottles include vodka, amber and white rum, rye whiskey, gin, genever, brandy, aromatic and orange bitters, orange liqueur, and dry and sweet vermouth. Each chapter goes through a quick history of the spirit, as well as signature cocktails that use these bottles. The categories in each chapter include sweet and fruit, citrus and tangy, and strong. Intermingled throughout each chapter are fun anecdotes, stories, and tips about making drinks.There is also a variety of additional information, including hosting parties, virgin drinks, beer and ciders, and garnishes. There are two recipe indexes in the back, one of which is a basic alphabetical list, and the other puts the cocktails into different categories to find similar varieties more easily. I’m excited to build a liquor cabinet with the help of this fun book!

  • Traci
    2019-01-25 23:01

    I didn't have enough time with this book (library book) but I will be taking away a lot from it.With no family in town (read: free babysitting--you people don't know how nice you have it) and our one trusted babysitter getting ready to welcome a baby of her own, my husband and I will have to get a little creative on what we consider a "date night," etc.I really like the idea of a 12 bottle bar. You don't have to invest in a lot of expensive liquor/liqueur and you can make some really awesome drinks with fresh ingredients (no sour mix in these recipes). I'm not a huge alcohol fan (I'm currently pregnant and never miss alcohol during pregnancy) but I like the occasional drink, so I will be making a lot of adjustments to the suggestions in this book. I'll probably end up with a 6-9 bottle bar and make lots of substitutes since I'm not a fan of whiskey, etc.It's a fun read though and totally malleable to your specific needs.

  • David
    2019-02-13 06:56

    I picked this up at a local liquor store, and it has instantly become my favorite book on alcohol. It's a cocktail guide with a credo: anybody should be able to stock their bar without breaking the bank, and master some excellent cocktails right away. What I love about this book is how it builds up from the basics, spelling out the role of (formerly mysterious) ingredients such as bitters and vermouth in cocktails. It's stuffed with anecdotes, miscellanium, and bits of history, so by the time you get to the actual recipes, you've already got a solid understand of why humans make cocktails at all.It has convinced me to restock my bar and start playing with drinks - not because I want to drink more, but because knowing what I am doing makes it a lot more fun.(Full disclosure: I am writing this while drinking a Black Stripe - a hot toddy of molasses and rum - so I may be a little biased.)

  • Lorna
    2019-02-12 00:08

    A fantastic resource for anyone looking to build their home bar. The authors recommended that an at home bar be stocked with 12 different types of liquor, although they provided some flexibility based on the reader's tastes. The chosen bottles provided an interesting array, and the book gives plenty of drink recipes (ranging from simple to fairly complex) to make based on these bottles. Many of the recipes were for classic cocktails. Some history and background information is given for each of the different liquors. The authors also provide recommended brands at different price points (including bargain or mid-range), which is helpful for those buying a type of liquor they haven't had much experience with before. I would recommend this to anyone who plans on hosting a party, or who wants to try some new drinks with friends or family.Received a copy from Netgalley.

  • Rita Hernandez
    2019-02-10 01:56

    If you enjoy making cocktails at home or want to be the hostess with the mostest then this is the book for you! The 12 Bottles, the title is referring to include 8 Liquors, 2 Vermouths and 2 Bitters and covers drinks with 1 Bottle (Pick Your Poison), 3 Bottles (Adding Bitters & Vermouth) and 4 Bottles (Orange Liqueur). Then everything that you could ever think you would need to know about each of them is listed in their section with recipes. There are several things that I like about this book but I really enjoyed the virgin drinks that weren't your tired run of the mill ones. I know that Shirley Temples are the norm but you can only have those so many times before enough is enough!I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

  • Nathan Schwartz
    2019-02-06 06:59

    By narrowing down the ingredients to just 12 bottles and substituting freely, the authors give you a lot of the theory behind types of ingredients that go into cocktails and the types of cocktails that can be made. It also has the practical benefit of allowing you to make several different drinks without rushing out to buy something you may only use once. My new favorite book for cocktails. It may be sort of strange to rate a book like this five stars, but it completely redefines the genre in a brilliant way.

  • Erika Schanzenbach
    2019-01-22 06:49

    Currently, my go-to book for cocktail recipes. The authors include interesting details about their twelve bottles, without traversing into the boring, and give some suggestions for particular labels to look for when purchasing for your own bar. Many of the recipes are simple enough as to not be prohibitive to actually make on a weeknight if you so desire.

  • Abe
    2019-02-13 06:07

    I won this book as a giveaway. As someone who likes his cocktails, I found this book to be pretty interesting and entertaining. Several of the recipes I try were really pretty good. Everyone who has seen it sitting on my coffee table automatically browses through and wants to try a new drink. Good book.

  • Tasha
    2019-02-09 01:56

    Lots to like in this book. There are surprising new cocktail recipes and I liked that they recommended specific brands for each type of liquor. I also enjoyed the ideas for themed bars at parties. It didn't quite all come together for me, but still a book worth picking up.

  • Troy Ketch
    2019-02-17 05:01


  • Amanda Carr
    2019-02-11 00:00

    So much info here! Great, thorough guide of bartending know-how, appreciated the history tidbits throughout.

  • Steven
    2019-02-13 07:14

    A very sensible book, but I had to dock it a star for the chapter on Genever and for omitting Bourbon.