Meehan's Bartender Manual is acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan's magnum opus-and the first book to explain the ins and outs of the modern bar industry. This groundbreaking work chronicles Meehan's storied career in the bar business through practical, enlightening chapters that mix history with professional insight. Meehan's deep dive covers the essential topics, including the history of cocktails and bartending, service, hospitality, menu development, bar design, spirits production, drink mixing technique, and the tools you'll need to create a well-stocked bar-all brought to life in over 150 black- and-white illustrations by artist Gianmarco Magnani.
The book also includes recipes for 100 cocktail classics--including Meehan originals--plus insights as to why he makes them the way he does, offering unprecedented access to a top bartender's creative process. Organized by spirit base, the recipes contain detailed annotations and are accompanied by fine art photographer Doron Gild's breathtaking, full-color photos. Thoughtful contributions from more than 50 colleagues around the world who've greatly contributed to global cocktail culture further contextualize Meehan's philosophy. Timeless black-and-white portraits of these industry experts round out this comprehensive tome.
This densely informative, yet approachable manual is presented in an iconic package--featuring a textured cover with debossed type, rounded corners, and nearly 500 pages--making it an instant classic to be enjoyed now, and for years to come. Whether you're a professional looking to take your career to the next level or an enthusiastic amateur interested in better understanding concepts like mise en place and the mechanics of drink making, Meehan's Bartender Manual is the definitive modern guide.
JIM MEEHAN is a renowned bartender and author of The PDT Cocktail Book. He worked at some of New York City's most revered restaurants and bars, including Gramercy Tavern and Pegu Club, before opening the James Beard Award winning PDT bar in 2007. A former editor of Food & Wine Magazine's annual cocktail book and the Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide, Meehan is currently a Lucky Peach magazine contributor, the Banks Rums global ambassador, and a cocktail curator for American Express Centurion lounges. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon where he runs his consulting firm Mixography, Inc.
"Absolutely necessary for any spirits dork." --Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit
"There's much more to being a good bartender than being able to quickly and efficiently make great cocktails. Yes, Meehan addresses cocktail recipes, what ingredients tools and techniques to deploy to make great drinks, but importantly this book is about much more than just mixing cocktails. Anyone who absorbs the pages on spirits will have more than passable knowledge of each of the spirit categories, and anyone who's serious about bar management, or indeed any aspect of bar operations should read this book." --Simon Difford, Difford's Guide "One of the most recognizable names in the bar world brings you the ultimate cocktail guide, complete with recipes, origin stories and hacks--because not owning an esoteric bottle of bitters shouldn't hold you back from a good drink. There are also floor plans of bars around the world and deep-cut cocktail facts for those who want to geek out." --Abby Reisner, Tasting Table
"For anyone obsessed with cocktails and their unique subculture, this book will be fascinating and essential, a heady tome that pores over the origins of whiskey and gin like a graduate school volume." --Matthew Kang, Eater
"Jim Meehan was among the pioneers of the craft cocktail movement, opening PDT in Manhattan in 2007. "Meehan's Bartender Manual" is exactly what the title promises: a manual for professional bartenders. But it will make a welcome addition to the library of any serious at-home drink maker." --Wayne Curtis, The Wall Street Journal
"There are hundreds of bar books that focus on cocktail recipes or history, but few really explore the art and practicalities of bartending. Jim Meehan strives to write a modern handbook on par with the 1862 book, Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide. Meehan whips through cocktail history basics and features in-depth recipes for classic cocktails, but the best sections look at what it means to run a bar today. [..]Meehan's book is designed for everyone from newcomers to the bar industry to seasoned bar owners who are always seeking new ways to improve their establishment." --Amy Cavanaugh, Plate
"When he opened New York's PDT in 2007, Jim Meehan helped kick off the speakeasy trend, and in 2012, the bar scored the first James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Now Meehan has distilled his bar expertise into this combination recipe book and bar industry guide. " --Jason Horn, The Daily Beast
"Jim Meehan's 'Bartender Manual' a must-read for pros, home mixologists alike." --Kenney Marlatt, Chicago Tribune
"Award-winning bartender Jim Meehan is one of a handful of drinks nerds who's had a profound impact on the cocktail scene in America: the "modern speakeasy" he made his name at, PDT, is still a must-visit NYC bar ten years after opening thanks to its innovative and excellent drinks. Now, he's taken a lifetime of knowledge and distilled it into a detailed bible of bartending that covers history, technique, tools and ingredients, plus 100 classic cocktail recipes and a sprinkling of invaluable insight from some of the world's top bartenders." --Laura Sant, Departures
"A knowledge-filled tome for true cocktail nerds or those apsiring to be--it has insights from the who's-who of the bar-and-spirits world and perfected recipes of classics drinks." --Esquire
"There's much more to being a good bartender than being able to quickly and efficiently make great cocktails. Yes, Meehan addresses cocktail recipes, what ingredients tools and techniques to deploy to make great drinks, but importantly this book is about much more than just mixing cocktails. Anyone who absorbs the pages on spirits will have more than passable knowledge of each of the spirit categories, and anyone who's serious about bar management, or indeed any aspect of bar operations should read this book." --Simon Difford, Difford's Guide
A stunningly packaged, definitive guide to bar-building from one of the world's most acclaimed bartenders.
In the spirit of Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book , my first book, The PDT Cocktail Book , was a snapshot of what I hope many will fondly recall as a seminal moment in cocktail history. It's a recipe book first and foremost, documenting the popular ingredients and proportions used to make classic and contemporary cocktails at the time of its publication. In this book, instead of focusing on a particular time and place, I've panned back to address a much more layered subject: bartending itself. I'll begin with a chapter on the history of the American cocktail, from seventeenth-and eighteenth-century punch to the neoclassical cocktails we drink today. From there, I move onto chapters on bar design, tools and techniques, service, and hospitality. This book does include cocktail recipes--one hundred total, which include classics and my own signatures--plus spirits primers to help stock your bar. Each recipe includes information on the origin of the drink, the "logic" behind why it works, and "hacks" for the curious bartender. Throughout the book you'll find insights from more than fifty friends, colleagues, and mentors who've shaped my views of the craft of bartending. I've included quotes from my former employers, Audrey Saunders and Jimmy Bradley, colleagues like Jeff Bell and Don Lee, icons like Dale DeGroff and David Wondrich, lifelong friends like Brian Bartels and my brother Peter, and spirits producers like Hans Reisetbauer and Beppe Musso. I hope that you'll be as inspired by them as I have been. I didn't learn how to tend bar from reading books. Tending bar is mastered through thousands of hours spent watching, listening, and learning from your colleagues and guests. That said, I hope this book will foster dialogue about how and why we tend bar. Some of my most respected colleagues and friends (even those featured in the book's portraits) may disagree with the philosophy and practices I've outlined here--so I'm sincerely eager for them to weigh in on the conversation. There are many ways to succeed in the bar business; this is mine.
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