The first real cookbook for cocktails, featuring recipes from the wolrd’s premier mixologist, Dale DeGroff. Covering the entire breadth of this rich. The first real cookbook for cocktails, featuring recipes from the wolrd’s premier mixologist, Dale DeGroff. Covering the entire breadth of this. The pioneering barkeep takes us on a journey through the early days of the craft- cocktail renaissance.

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The recipes are mostly classic ones, and not modern variations of classic ones – meaning, to me, that they are mostly too sweet and should be adjusted accordingly.

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The Craft of the Cocktail

It contains a good introductory section, but although the recipes offer a glimpse into the beginning of the cocktail Renaissance fresh juice etc its original recipes do not tempt me and the classics are rather sweeter than modern tastes. The Craft of the Cocktail is that treatment, destined to become the bible of the bar. At the Rainbow Room, it was popular and ambrosial. The Craft of the Cocktail: Be the first to ask a question about The Craft of the Cocktail.

Jul 04, Pixie rated it it was amazing.

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At first I was tempted to give this 3 stars because the layout is a little impractical. Also by Dale DeGroff. Because of the format, it isn’t the best book to keep under the bar, but it’s perfect for your nightstand. DeGroff is a well-respected cocktailian, but IMO, this book has aged poorly.

In one reading I was able to find out the name of a coupe glass that had eluded me for almost a year, and that you need a channel knife to make spiral garnishes. Milton Glaser, the renowned graphic designer I invented it for, was the only one who liked it. Die Frage, die sich mir stellt, ist nach der Zielgruppe dieses Buchs.


If you get a single fhe book to learn about making cocktails, this is the one. Beautiful color photographs and a striking design round out the cookbook approach to this defroff, highlighting the difference dqle an under-the-bar handbook and a stylish, full-blown treatment.

Ot few years ago I xale a call from Jackson Cannon, who runs the bar at Eastern Standard in Boston, to come up for the party celebrating their 21,th Whiskey Smash served. For that alone it made it worthwhile reading for me. They came in sweet and sour varieties and we put big silver bowls filled with them at the front of the bar to show them off. Sign up for the First We Feast Newsletter.

I flamed an orange peel and added a splash of orange juice to the Bloody Bull and it worked; it became our signature.

The Craft of the Cocktail Book by Dale DeGroff

As a service bartender, naturally I had to make many Irish coffees that morning. It was the perfect drink for summertime. That was reinforced when another guy ddgroff for a fresh margarita and I handed him one with sour mix.

DeGroff has better books out there, and though this one seems to have served its purpose when it came out, it feels very much like a book of mixed drinks for people who like to drink sweet, fruity cocktails with as little taste of alcohol in them as possible.

May 21, Smiley rated it really liked it.

I switched a lot of drinks while I was there, but some I never took off the menu—that was one of them. I was never thrilled with the mint julep and thought it was boring. I was making a sidecar with cognac and sour dwgroff at the Hotel Bel-Air, and there was an older gentleman who watched me.

Years crsft, when I put a pisco sour on the menu at the Rainbow Room, Joe was pleased. It got me thinking about proper cocktails. I read this book in 2 days and learned a lot.


Certainly, not without his own mighty push. I made the cocktail, Bee Knees tonight and it was hit. He’s a cocktail snob and it shows in his ever-so-slightly arrogant comments, his thoughtful layout and great mix of modern and classic drinks.

Refresh and try again. You need to go out and taste what people are mixing, and you need to have several books on hand whose recipes you can read, compare, imagine, try, synthesize, extrapolate. Open Preview See a Problem? Beautiful color photographs and a striking design round out the cookbook approach to this subject, highlighting the difference between an under-the-bar handbook and a stylish, full-blown treatment.

The 10 Cocktails That Made My Career: Dale DeGroff

So I wrote out eight popular drinks on index cards and learned very quickly. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Covering the entire breadth of this rich subject, The Craft of the Cocktail provides much more than merely the same old recipes: Please try again later.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. I took lemon and smashed it with sugar and mint and added the bourbon for a cross between a whiskey sour and a mint julep. And then the meat of the matter: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Those were my Mad Men days. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jun 16, Helmut rated it liked it Shelves: Best cocktail book I’ve seen–great photos, good recipes.

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