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!