We're living in the midst of a cocktail renaissance-artisanal cocktails, celebrity mixologists, drinks menus as important as the wine list-and here is a renaissance guide for the home bartender.
An ingenious new approach to making cocktails, The 12 Bottle Bar begins with one irresistible idea-you need only these twelve bottles-and shows how, with this versatile but select liquor pantry, anyone can make over 200 delicious, classic, budget-friendly mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, the perfect Mint Julep, and more.
Developed by two passionate cocktail lovers and written in a smart, compelling voice, The 12 Bottle Bar is a tool kit, a recipe guide, a secret arsenal-all in one. It tells exactly which twelve bottles you need-seven hard liquors, one liqueur, two vermouths, and two bitters-and recommends budget, mid-range, and premium choices. Each spirit gets a chapter, and within the chapters the cocktails are organized by type: Fruity and Sweet (Pom Gin Fizz), Tangy and Citrusy (Pegu Club), and Strong (Satan's Whiskers). It's surprising-tequila didn't make the cut, but genever did, and the authors convincingly explain why. And it's an informative guide-why to chill vermouth; the importance of bitters (the "salt and pepper" of mixology). Includes contributions from celebrity bartenders and cocktail lovers. Cheers!
About the Author
David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson are the husband-and-wife publishers of the popular blog 12bottlebar.com. Mr. Solmonson has written for both film and television, while Ms. Solmonson, spirits and wine writer for L.A. Weekly, is also the author of Gin: A Global History and the forthcoming Liqueur: A Global History. The Solmonsons live in Los Angeles.
"It's the bane of the home mixologist -- complicated cocktail recipes that call for multiple (and often pricey) esoteric liquors doomed to be used once, then linger for years at the back of the cabinet. Convinced there had to be a better way to stock a bar, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and husband David Solmonson set out to cull the cocktail herd and home in on only the most essential ingredients for great drinking."
J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press
"Starting a home bar from scratch can be daunting and expensive... With the right selection, you can keep your stash simple and still be able to make just about every cocktail you could imagine."
"Make enough cocktails to last you a lifetime. Limited to only seven spirits, one liqueur, two vermouths and two styles of bitters, you will indeed have a collection that in many ways will exceed most typical bars around the country."
Good Spirits News
"Here's to smart barkeeping: Make hundreds of cocktails from a mere dozen bottles."
"A great home bar is an abridged one... "The 12 Bottle Bar" offers tips on stocking enough liquor to keep your cocktail list large but your investment small."
Los Angeles magazine
"An innovative idea."
Town & Country
"Covers the bases of modern cocktail making thoroughly."
"Maximum cocktail potential from just a few bottles."
"The perfect precursor to a establishing a successful home or cafe beverage program."
"How many cocktails could you make using just 12 bottles without sacrificing flavor, technique, or creativity? The answer: enough to give your local molecular mixologist a run for his money."
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st September 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 12.9 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.53