the appetizer:

Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails by Simon Difford, includes information like Cocktail History and Angostura Bitters and cocktail recipes like East India, The Lady Wears Red, Navy Grog, Negroni, and Pisco Sour.



Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails

by Simon Difford


If in doubt about what to serve, turn to Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails by Simon Difford, the most complete book ever published on the subject. This authoritative reference contains an astonishing 2,600 recipes, suitable for any occasion.

"The consumption of alcohol was so widespread throughout history that it has been called a universal language," observes drinks expert Simon Difford.

Offering a drink is a time-honored way people welcome guests into their homes.

"By definition, any drink which is described as a cocktail contains more than one ingredient," says the author. In this practical guide, illustrated with hundreds of color photos, Difford explains the four basic ways to mix a cocktail: shake, stir, blend, and build (meaning combining the ingredients in the glass in which the cocktail will be served), and the order in which to mix them. Each easy-to-follow recipe shows:

  • Basic ingredients and variations
  • The correct glass to use
  • The appropriate garnish
  • Information on its origin

The author is adamant that the glass should match the cocktail. "These drinks take time and skill to mix so deserve a decent glass."

"During the reign of William III, punch was served from the garden fountain. The bartender rowed around in a small boat, refilling the glasses. "

The book is crammed with useful information, including:

  • An A-Z recipe directory
  • The 14 key alcoholic ingredients
  • Basic bartending utensils
  • 14 key glass types
  • 18 essential refrigerator and cupboard staples
  • 9 essential juices and mixes
  • An index of ingredients by cocktail
  • Cocktail timeline
  • Recipe rating on a scale of 1-5 (or disgusting to outstanding)

Written in a clear, accessible style, Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails will prove an indispensable reference for both professional and amateur mixologists.

About the Author

Simon Difford is a drinks industry celebrity. His experience includes running his own bar, founding his own import company and establishing brands. He is a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award winning writer and lives in London.

  • Difford's Encyclopedia of Cocktails
  • by Simon Difford
  • Firefly Books 2009
  • $45.00; plastic-laminated hardcover
  • 495 pages; 3,000 color illustrations
  • ISBN-10: 1554075017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55407-501-0
  • Information provided by the publisher.

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