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Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide Hardcover – Nov 15 2011


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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 75th Anniversary Edition edition (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470882344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470882344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 18.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What a lovely little book this is. well organized, neat sections and subsections. alphabetical and a full glossary and index. I like the minimum amount of photos included, they are just enough to keep me inspired. this book as served me well for the past year. armed with this little book I become the center bartender of all the party. the book also comes full of techniques to substitute and even invent your own drinks. it seems people buy this book thinking its a mail order bartender, or a step by step photo how to book. that is not what it is. its a small comprehensive heartrending recipe book. all in all a 5/5 and a must have in everyone's liquor cabinet.
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By SeeJ on Feb. 21 2013
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This is the traditional bartender's guide and is still the best for traditional drinks and cocktails. Further, studying the recipes in the Mr. Boston guide will give the neophyte a better idea of which potions work well together to create the finest concoctions. Thsi should be behind every bar.
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By Drea on Nov. 2 2014
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Fantastic book! Very detailed, easy to understand and filled with interesting facts, as well. Looking forwrd to trying out some new drinks!
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By Christy on April 24 2015
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A gift for my husband. He uses it at work as a bartender all the time.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The cocktail hour Jan. 9 2012
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an improved Mr. Boston Bartenders Guide. It is the usual, small, red hardbound copy the fits on, in or near the bar, but yet the print is large enough to see.
It has an interesting introduction, telling about Leo Cotton, the `father' of the guide and also about the present state of cocktail consumption. There are about 150 new recipes, none using premixes. Some ways to make various syrups are included, attempting to make the cocktails more natural and flavorful. This is an enhancement, especially for cocktail connoisseurs.

The book is really a complete guide to making good cocktails and how you can have extensive bartending techniques. Tips are included on how to be a professional/good bartender. Equipment lists and glassware with tiny silhouettes are listed, also what the well-stocked bar should have; mixing, chilling, and serving as well as charts giving measures are incorporated in the pages.
Instructions to make classic cocktails, with some information about each, then drinks made with: brandy, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskies, cordials and liqueurs, shooters, frozen drinks, hot, eggnogs and punches, wine and beer in mixed drinks and nonalcoholic drinks are all described. It would be a pretty obscure drink, not to be recorded here.
Resources with web sites, a glossary and an index complete the multitude of information included in this compact book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It ain't your Grandfathers Mr Boston Jan. 18 2014
By Mud Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have a 61st ed, from 1981, which is a much thinner version. In the older edition, all the recipes are organized alphabetically by title. A cross-reference in the back ties liquor to drink. Quite frankly, many of the formulas in the old one were different only by the ratios of ingredients. This version has many updated formulations. It organizes the drinks by liquors, with handy colored thumb tabs to identify each section. Drink variants are now listed together, with a wider range of ingredients, and a short description of their sources. It also has many color pictures of the drinks. This newer version is more useful and provides more resource for the budding mixologist.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Love this guide! June 20 2013
By La-Tessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I met Mr. Pogash in NY a couple of years back at a cocktail presentation he did at writer's conference. I ordered this as soon as I got home and was not disappointed. I love the way it's organized by spirit, so I can just flip to the section I need if I am making gin based cocktails, vodka based cocktails, etc. It's also a very handsome book, which makes it easy to keep on display. This is such a staple for me, that it has its own spot on my bar.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best source for classics, kindle version handy May 15 2013
By MaryBeth Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had a recent discussion with a friend, about the Mai Tai. We decided to whip up a batch of the original mixture, but had to wade through many shortcut recipes containing mixes or juices. I remembered that I used to have one of of these little red Mr. Boston books, as did my Dad, and just knew it would contain the information we needed. Unfortunately, we were not near home, and managed to dig up the earliest original version, and assembled our ingredients. They turned out to be delicious, and when I decided later to check my Mr Boston guide, I could not find it on my shelf. I decided it would be handier on my kindle anyway, and bought that version. When I looked up the Mai Tai, it had the whole drink story, with the original ingredients, and a non brand specific version that would not require interpretation today (simple syrup instead of rock candy syrup, general description of best type of rum to use). Certainly trendy guides can have their place, but this is a great basic reference.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A gem for the home bar Jan. 1 2013
By morehumanthanhuman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In the past few years, we've upgraded our home bar and finally got some "real" glasses and bar tools. With those changes, I found myself wanting to try more classic cocktails -- but unsure of where to start or what to make besides a Martini or a Manhattan. We got another bar book, but it was full of so many "new" drinks, didn't contain instructions on how to make some drinks we'd heard about and wanted to try, and -- most disturbingly -- instructed us to buy things like "Collins Mix."

This book is perfect for the home bar. The book is like having an unpretentious bartender friend come over to your house and give you mini lessons on what kind of bar equipment you need, how to stock your bar . . . and, most importantly, how to make drinks. By explaining the "nature" of different drinks, you get a feeling for why they work. Despite all the other useful and interesting info, the majority of the book is dedicated to drink recipes. None of them call for mixes -- there is a focus on using fresh lemon or lime juice, as well as instructions on how to make your own simple syrup. That said, you won't find a bunch of difficult or complex drinks that call for you to spend half an hour preparing ingredients like some of the newer fancy cocktail books appear. There are some newer recipes, but the book is mostly dedicated to classic drinks.

The size of perfect -- we can actually store it on top of the bar, but it would easily fit on a shelf or wherever you need it. The type is small but readable.

Overall, this book is a gem for the home bar.


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