The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

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.

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By Julie H. (Carson City, NV) · ★★★★☆ · March 29, 2015
Morgenthaler's thesis is quite straightforward: there are three key elements to any cocktail: (1) the recipe, (2) the ingredients, and (3) the technique. It is his contention that the latter is overlooked, to the detriment of the final product, and it is this book's intention to correct that over... ...more
By Heath · ★★★★★ · July 12, 2014
[Disclosure:I have known the author for several years and drunk at several of the bars where he's worked]

"The Bar Book" should be among the early acquisitions of anyone looking for a deeper knowledge of cocktails. Neither a collection of recipes nor an historical survey, this volume covers the ba... ...more
By Denis (Zagreb, HR, Croatia) · ★★★★★ · June 10, 2014
‘The Bar Book’ prepared by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with a valuable contribution in the form of excellent photos by Alanna Hale, is a book for cocktail preparation enthusiasts who with its help will be able to improve their skills and broaden their knowledge.

There are not many cocktail guides on the... ...more
By Matt (Waterloo , ON, Canada) · ★★★★★ · January 09, 2015
(I purchased this book on Amazon after having seen it recommended highly in various cocktail forums, and having also been a fan of Morgenthaler’s blog as a resource for recipes, tips and tricks).

Morgenthaler has produced an excellent addition to anyone interested in improving upon the quality of... ...more
By Robert (Toronto, ON, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · August 17, 2014
Thinking about helping out at a cocktail night so brushing up. This offers a really good techniques primer and definitely shows why you would want someone with cooking chops behind a bar. There are very few recipes but the bits and bobs shows great promise for ideas. Already cribbed a few ideas f... ...more
By Du (Dover, NH) · ★★★★☆ · January 20, 2015
3.5 stars. This is both an informative and fun book. There is a lot of really good technique and explanation of why bartenders make better cocktails that people at home. They understand measurements, they understand the need for quality ingredients and the need to follow a process; that some drin... ...more
By Mustafa (Dallas, TX) · ★★★★★ · March 10, 2015
A true treasure trove of bar techniques. Many of these I've picked up over the years either from periodically consulting Morgenthaler's blog (among others) or from hanging around bartenders who have put these techniques into practice. I'm pleased as punch though to finally have something between... ...more
By Gsmalz (The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 14, 2014
A spectacular guide to proper cocktail technique written by one of the premier mixologists in the United States if not the world. Highly recommended for both professionals and the amateur home bartender. Well worth the money. ...more
By Elizabeth (The United States) · October 16, 2014
As seen in the Baltimore Sun . ...more
By Shilpa (toronto, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · December 31, 2014
Bring in the New Year with a Cocktail in hand. ...more