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The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book (Hardcover)

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This a bartending guide for people who want to throw fancier house parties than their friends do. Just having a copy in your house (if I may suggest: next to a cocktail shaker and a bottle of vermouth) will make you seem more sophisticated. because nothing is more sophisticated than getting old-timey lit.

All the classics are right here: martinis, manhattans, margaritas, all as they were meant to be poured. You''ll also find obscure cocktails from the sepia-and-sherry-stained depths of history, with flavors as whimsical as their names. Two or three of these concoctions and you'll feel as fried as Fitzgerald -- or perhaps more pickled than Parker.

And if promises of highfalutin' insobriety don't muddle your mint, quite a few of the recipes come with historical anecdotes to fully immerse you in the habits and customs of the time. Perhaps it is slightly debauched to casually read a bartending guide like you would a Farmer's Almanac, but your snazzy-dressin', gin-swillin' forebears would be proud.



"The textbook for a new generation." --Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book

"A true classic in its own right . . . that will be used as a reference for the next 100 years and more." --Gaz Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology



Frank Caiafa--bar manager of the legendary Peacock Alley bar in the Waldorf Astoria--stirs in recipes, history, and how-to while serving up a heady mix of the world's greatest cocktails. Learn to easily prepare pre-Prohibition classics such as the original Manhattan, or daiquiris just as Hemingway preferred them. Caiafa also introduces his own award-winning creations, including the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour named for the famous Waldorf resident.

Each recipe features tips and variations along with notes on the drink's history, so you can master the basics, then get adventurous--and impress fellow drinkers with fascinating cocktail trivia. The book also provides advice on setting up your home bar and scaling up your favorite recipe for a party.

Since it first opened in 1893, the Waldorf Astoria New York has been one of the world's most iconic hotels, and Peacock Alley its most iconic bar. Whether you're a novice who's never adventured beyond a gin and tonic or an expert looking to expand your repertoire, The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is the only cocktail guide you need on your shelf.

About the Author

Frank Caiafa is the bar manager of the highly celebrated Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria, of which he has been an integral part since its restoration in 2005. His inventive use of house-made infusions, liqueurs and fresh ingredients was a forerunner of cocktail culture in NYC. Caiafa's hospitality consulting and management enterprise, Handle Bars NYC Inc., has been called upon for its expertise in projects both in New York City and nationwide. His creative cocktail recipes have been published in the New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, Time Out New York, The Bartender's Gin Compendium, The Annual Manual for Bartenders, and 901 Very Good Cocktails, among other publications.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143124801
ISBN-10: 0143124803
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English
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