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The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink by Eben Klemm, includes cocktail recipes like Martinez, Negroni, and Watermelon Paloma.

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The Cocktail Primer
All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink

by Eben Klemm

The Cocktail Primer
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A cocktail renaissance is afoot. The martini revival of the 1990s spawned a drink revolution harkening back to the 1920s, when elegant cocktails ruled the day. It has permeated virtually every watering hole since, and the mojito is now a common offering at even the dive-est of bars.

Yet despite the diversity seen on modern drink menus, B.R. Guest Restaurants master mixologist Eben Klemm is here to tell us that today's cocktails remain but a few ingredients combined by even fewer techniques. In his new book The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink, Klemm shows us how to make these drinks at home using basic knowledge and ingredients.

Most cocktail books offer an overwhelming number of drink recipes that do nothing to help the aspiring cocktail enthusiast understand how they will taste. That is why The Cocktail Primer arranges drinks into families of classic cocktail types most people already know and work with. The drink families are grouped by style and technique, from simple to complex, with select recipes from each family. Also included:

The Cocktail Primer lays the groundwork for learning how cocktails are related and assembled. The result is a greater appreciation for the wonderful explorations occurring in bars today, as well as the confidence to become your own personal mixologist and create unique cocktails at home. Improve your home bar, impress your guests, and start cocktailing!

About the Author

After studying biology at Cornell, Eben Klemm began bartending in New York City to pay the rent. His science background, willingness to experiment, and fascination with cocktail culture and history were a good mix. Since then, he has overseen the cocktail program and concocted signature drinks for B.R. Guest Restaurant's fourteen dining destinations, one nightlife spot, and one private event space, including Primehouse New York, Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Wildwood Barbeque, and 675 Bar. Klemm's cocktails have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Time Out New York, Popular Science, and Playboy. He has appeared on MSNBC, The Early Show, and 20/20.


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