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The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy Hardcover – Nov 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402779232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402779237
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I'd peg this as the gift book of the season for the serious cocktail fan: It's extravagantly illustrated by artist Chris Gall, beautifully designed, fun to browse and possessed of a satisfying heft. And there are some 300 drink recipes, many extraordinary, to adapt as your own classic and new-classic cocktails." —The Wall Street Journal
 
"Jim Meehan seamlessly blends classic and cutting-edge in The PDT Cocktail Book, and the result is basically a new-school bible for the cocktail geek. The book covers everything from barware to bacon-infused bourbon, complete with illustrations by Chris Gall. Buy two--despite your best gift-giving intentions, this is a book you'll want to keep for yourself. —MensHealth.com
 
"Cocktails are evolving and becoming more culinary and with that evolution more skill is required from the craftsmen and women who make them. Jim Meehan of PDT is busily mapping the DNA of cutting edge cocktails and I am delighted he has decided to publish his delicious findings. The PDT Cocktail Book is a marvelous, classically illustrated book that I believe to be the book of the decade if not more." —Dale DeGroff, master mixologist and founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail
 
"Jim Meehan's book is, as the subtitle says, a manual for bartenders, and one that will undoubtedly become a bible for many of them. But any cook--or, for that matter, person--who's seriously interested in mixology will quickly realize it's the definitive work, a roadmap for a lifetime of amazing cocktails." — Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of How to Cook Everything
 
"Americans have always loved drinking, but in the past five years or so America has recommitted itself to learning to drink well! Jim Meehan has helped lead this joyful renaissance, but his specific influence has been to decouple drink perfection from pompousness. Quality drinking should be as unintimidating and fun as it is delicious and smart: that's Jim Meehan's doing. I'm so glad he's written this beautiful book -- shake yourself up an Applejack Rabbit, sit down, and read this like a novel".—Rachel Maddow, host of  The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
 
"I've imbibed every drink in this book; whether I can recall all the nights spent at PDT is another story. Jim Meehan has written a manifesto for aspiring drunks and bartenders alike." —David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku

About the Author

Jim Meehan is one of the most celebrated figures in the drinks industry. Before opening PDT, he worked in major New York restaurants and bars, including Five Points, Gramercy Tavern, and The Pegu Club. He is a contributing editor of Food & Wine magazine's annual cocktail book, Mr. Boston's Bartender Guide, and Sommelier Journal. Meehan has been recognized as a rising star mixologist by Star Chefs Online Culinary Magazine, Cheers Magazine and as the 2009 American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail. He lives in New York City's East Village.
 
Chris Gall has created designs for clients that include Ford, Nike, Pepsi, Shell Oil, Sony, McDonald's, and U.S. Steel. His work has been showcased in virtually every major publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, Forbes, People and the New York Times. Millions of New Yorkers will recognize Chris's “Flying Fish,” displayed by the MTA for over a year in countless underground subway cars. He has received over 50 major awards from the likes of the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, The New York Art Directors Club, and Print Magazine. Gall has authored and illustrated four children's books, including America the Beautiful, Dear Fish, There's Nothing To Do On Mars, and Dinotrux, which was a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.


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Jim Meehan has become a guru in the mixology world, and his name is synonymous
with contemporary cocktail culture and quality mix drinks.
The PDT Cocktail Book consists of both obscure and well-known drinks, for a total of over 300 different recipes. There is also some historical information included on each cocktail which makes for a great all-around book.
There is a forward written by David Wondrich, as well as artwork from illustrator Chris Gall, which help make the book both unique and enjoyable.
Many of the recipes were served at the bar he co-ran in NewYork called PDT, which was accessed through an old telephone booth. He has since moved on to Portland Oregon, and is apparently working on his next writing project.

Most of the recipes in the book don’t require ingredients that are difficult to source, and can be prepared from home without the use of expensive and space-consuming equipment. The author does specify certain types of liquor, but that helps to clarify the type of flavours he’s aiming for. If the original is not available, you can research the ones specified, and usually find a good substitute with a similar flavour profile.

I’d recommend “The PDT Cocktail Book” because the recipes are practical, and ones I most often reach for. “The PDT” achieves a relevant and unique place in a long line of cocktail books dating back from pre-prohibition through to our modern-day.
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What can I say, I use this book almost weekly to find a new drink that I want to make.

It has some good classics along with some obscure drinks I have never heard of.

I have purchased this as a gift for a friend.

One thing that would be handy is perhaps an alcohol index that will show all the rum drinks, bourbon drinks, or drinks that use a specific type of alcohol.
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The quality of the print and colored illustrations alone are worth the buy, the book is broken down by gin, vodka, whisky, tequila and a few others types. Easy read and fun to have at home for your guests to flip through.
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best bartender's buy ! beautifully illustrated and designed. so much information and learning available
get it now!
or stay in the past!
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