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Mar 12, 2008 04:34 PM

Book on Bartending

I just bought the book Imbibe, but wanted to get something more definitive on old school classics cocktails, especially flips, fizzes and other egg based drinks, as well as older drinks in general. Anyone know of anything?

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  1. The first three are musts.I recommend them in this order because the first two give different types of background education you will find invaluable.
    Gary Regan's Joy of Mixology
    Dale Degroff's The Craft of the Cocktail
    The Savoy Cocktail Book
    Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails (much smaller book with very specific recipes.)

    Those will send you where you want to go, namely the golden age of cocktails from 1800-1920.

    After that you may want to get the series Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail.