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Kester Thompson is the brand manager for one of Israels biggest wineries, and has been a consultant for numerous restaurants and bars. He completed a course at the Absolut Akademi in Sweden, and is qualified to train bartenders worldwide.
"Given that there are about 100 recipes in this handy beginner's guide, the title is perhaps a tad overenthusiastic. The author, though, is apparently not to blame as Imagine's list also includes such works as Cookies, Cookies & More Cookies, and Cupcakes, Cupcakes & More Cupcakes. Thompson seems an international man of mystery, described as a brand manager for a large yet unnamed Israeli winery and a consultant for numerous yet unnamed bars and restaurants. He also 'completed a course at the Absolut Akademi in Sweden, and is qualified to train bartenders worldwide.' His style is relaxed and conversational as he provides the basics for potent potables both well-known and wild. An odd first chapter of mixed drinks offers such obscure libations as a brandy daisy and a sherry cobbler alongside old favorites like eggnog and the whisky sour. Champagne cocktails get their own chapter, which includes a Russian spring punch made with muddled raspberries, while other chapters handle two liquors at a time ('Vodka & Gin,' 'Tequila & Rum,' 'Brandy & Whisky'). There is a tribute to the classic dry martini as well as recipes for eight flavored variations including melon, cucumber, and a lovingly photographed watermelon and basil. And for a nightcap, there's a grasshopper with sleep-inducing heavy cream, crÃ¨me de menthe, and crÃ¨me de cacao." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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From Martinis and Manhattans to sparkling Bellinis and fruity, frozen daiquiris, this user-friendly collection of cocktail recipes will turn anyone into an outstanding bartender! Arranged by spirit type and filled with enticing photographs, its the perfect introduction to the intimidating world of drink-making.
Hundreds of fabulous concoctions are included, from traditional to trendy, from sophisticated to luscious tropical tastes. All your favorite liquors are here: vodka, gin, rum, whisky, brandy, and even sparkling, celebratory champagne.
Whip up a Bloody Mary for a special brunch or Hot Buttered Rum for a cold winters night. Sip a Mint Julep out on the porch, like a true Southerner. Get sexy with a Between the Sheets. Grab some cachaça, limes, and sugar and make a Caipirinha, Brazils delicious national drink. Or feel as if youre down in old Havana with a Cuba Libre or minty Mojito. Plus, there are plenty of punches to enliven any party.
Most of the recipes include several variations to try out, and novices will find a wealth of basic information, including tips on what to drink and when; what equipment, glassware, and ingredients youll need; and which techniques you must know —including shaking, muddling, building, and layering. Theres also advice on getting everything ready and what to do when speed is of the essence.
When you want to learn how to mix drinks, this is the beginners guide youll need.