The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler

The Bar Book

By Jeffrey Morgenthaler

  • Release Date: 2014-06-03
  • Genre: Beverages
Score: 4.5
From 24 Ratings
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Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks. More than 60 recipes illustrate the concepts explored in the text, ranging from juicing, garnishing, carbonating, stirring, and shaking to choosing the correct ice for proper chilling and dilution of a drink. With how-to photography to provide inspiration and guidance, this book breaks new ground for the home cocktail enthusiast.


  • Great cocktail reference for a beginner

    By mbailley
    Gave very thorough descriptions of cocktail mixing techniques with great pictures and examples as applied to classic cocktails. Also gave detailed general information on fruit and fruit juice preparation that could easily be used beyond making drinks. Only content missing in my assessment is that they did not specifically cover fundamentals of constructing drinks (e.g., what liquors/ingredients go together and why) which would have been helpful for a beginner. Overall, a quick read and something I am certain that I will refer back to regularly.