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The Essential Cocktail Book


A complete guide to modern drinks with 150 recipes.

A gorgeously photographed compendium for professional and home bartenders. Features recipes, history, and techniques to create 150 essential cocktails, both modern and classic.



An indispensable atlas of the best cocktail recipes—each fully photographed—for classic and modern drinks, whether shaken, stirred, up, or on the rocks.

How do you create the perfect Daiquiri? What type of glass should a Whiskey Sour be served in? What exactly is an aperitif cocktail?

The Essential Cocktail Book answers all of these questions and more.

Written by the editors of PUNCH, and edited by author and drinks writer Megan Krigbaum, this book presents the history, mythology, and tried-and-true recipes behind the cocktails that are essential to any aspiring home bartender.

Presented in an easy-to-navigate format, with recipes for 150 delicious, classic cocktails, all beautifully illustrated with full-colour photography, this book deserves a place on the home bar shelf of anyone who loves to entertain or drink cocktails.

About the Author

Megan Krigbaum writes about wine, cocktails and beer and is a contributing editor at Punch. Formally Deputy Editor at Food and Wine magazine, where she worked for ten years, her writing has also appeared in Condé Nast TravelerWine and Spirits and Bloomberg Pursuits, among others. A Michigander by birth, Megan lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Michael, and their cat, Mason.

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