So you know how there are all those drink books out there, which just have page and page of drink recipes, that only give you the name, the ingredients and amounts, and five words on how to mix them? There are a lot of those out there. And they mostly stink.
This book is like those, but does it sooo much better.
So you get 800 recipes arranged alphabetically. I have seen some complaints about this, from people who think that the recipes should be arranged by main ingredient. But if you hear about a drink, and you don't know the ingredient list, you would want to look it up by name anyways. So being listed alphabetically does not bother me.
After a nice introductory section covering all the basics, you get the recipes.
Each drink is then listed by name, and then you are told whether it is a new recipe or perhaps a key recipe.
A key recipe is a drink that can be made with a combination of the 14 key ingredients listed at the beginning of the book. Quite a nice feature if you are just starting out, and building your home bar, put together the 14 key ingredients and you can easily make a couple hundred drinks from this book.
So you get a name, and an indicator or new or key.
The you get a rating from disgusting to excellent. I haven't noticed a drink actually listed as disgusting, but perhaps there is one in here.
You given a color photo of the drink, so y ou can either see if you may want to try it, or how you may want your finished product to look.
Next, a recommended glass to serve the drink in.
A recommended garnish.
And method to use when making the drink.
Then you get the actual recipe. The recipes are listed in amounts called "shots" which means they don't use ounces or milliliters. I equate a shot to an ounce, but you could also just use a small shot glass then to make all of your drinks. Makes it easy, so you don't need a jigger or measuring cup.
Finally you get a a little review of the author's personal thoughts on the drink and a sentence or two on the drinks history if you want to impress someone.
So if you are just looking for a book with a huge amount of recipes, this is the best book out there for that. Are there better books, with more information, or maybe better organized, or even with better drinks, perhaps. The this remains the best presentation of a large group of drink recipes I have seen yet.
If you have a question about the book, feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer it.