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Sep 28, 2010 02:12 PM

suggestions for a classic/craft cocktail book

I am looking for suggestions for a cocktail recipe book listing some classic cocktails beyond basic martinis etc. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Well discussed here:

    I think you probably have to narrow your interest down more. What you like -- Gin Martinis or Aviations or Long Island Ice Teas or Earl Grey MarTEAnis or Zombies or whatever -- will strongly influence the books that you might like.

    More recipes aren't better. Fewer high-quality recipes of the type you like will probably be the best reference.

      1. re: wineguy7

        We were pretty impressed by her book. While it has classics that have been modified for more modern tastes, for a book of its type, it is a rather good one. I would also put Salvatore Calabrese in this category.

        Robert Hess or Dale Degroff's books would be my first suggestions (as already suggested by YAYME, and nickles) though.

        1. Vintage spirits and Forgotten cocktails by Ted "Doctor Cocktail" Haigh.

          The Craft of cocktail by Dale Degroff

          The joy of Mixology

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          1. re: YAYME

            These 3 are a perfect starter set.

            I also frequently open _The Art of the Bar_, and Wondrich's _Imbibe_, although thumb through a copy of it first to see if it's what you're looking for as it's quite different than most recipe books.

            I would also seriously take a look at the Savoy Cocktail book and then check out the Underhill Lounge blog. Good stuff.

          2. The Essential Bartender's Guide by Robert Hess.

            I found it to be a great first cocktail book as it has a lot of information as well as recipes, nice pictures, spiral binding. Also has a nice mix of classics and newer drinks.