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November 12, 2016 / Leslie

Weekend Cooking: Cocktails by Klaus St. Rainer

cocktailsThe Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Publisher: DK | September 6, 2016

Learn the art of mixing perfect drinks with Cocktails, the third “Best Cocktail Book in the World.” Klaus St. Rainer, an award-winning expert voted “Bartender of the Year” in 2013, shares 70 cocktail recipes for all the key classics as well as his own signature creations.

When I think of a bartender’s drink guide, I envision something small and easy to keep behind or near the bar.

Cocktails is something quite different. This book is large and beautiful, designed more like a cookbook. It’s complete with a full color photo of each drink on the page opposite the recipe, as opposed to the classic drink guide, like the smaller and mostly text Mr. Boston Bartender Guide.

The book contains 70 recipes ranging from simple to quite complex plus an introductory section on glassware, tools, ingredients, and preparation techniques. Many of these drinks I had never heard of and, although they sound interesting, some of the ingredients needed and equipment used to make them are not things most people keep on hand.



While this is a beautiful book that looks great on my cookbook shelf, or even as a coffee table book, it is not a practical guide to drink-making. It would, however, make an excellent gift for the aspiring mixologist or cocktail aficionado.


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  1. Suko / Nov 12 2016 4:00 pm

    Very nice review, Leslie. I am not much of a drinker, and even less of a mixologist, but this does sound like a gorgeous book, photography-wise.


    • Leslie / Nov 12 2016 5:25 pm

      I’m more of a wine or beer drinker, but I see all these fancy drinks in the restaurants and bars and was curious about how to make them. The book looks nice with my cookbooks and makes it seem like I might know what I’m doing even if I don’t!


  2. Diane La Rue (@bookchickdi) / Nov 12 2016 9:52 pm

    This does look like a wonderful coffee table book.


  3. Carole from Carole's Chatter / Nov 13 2016 12:54 am

    One can dream – but I never have many different cocktail ingredients on hand. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter


  4. Beth F / Nov 19 2016 7:24 am

    I know what you mean about the difference between a book you can actually use and one to read and look through. I’ll have to see if my library has a copy because I’d love to see the photos and read about the cocktails.


  5. Melynda Brown / Nov 19 2016 7:28 am

    I agree, a perfect reader but not a keeper. Who could stock a bar for that?


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