The Bottom Line
- Comprehensive history of cocktails, mixology and bartending.
- Basic and advanced bartending and mixology advice for amateurs and pros.
- Over 350 classic cocktail recipes complete with their histories.
- Invaluable advice for working bartenders about doing the job right.
- It's hard to put down the book and take in all the information in one read through.
- Written by Gary Regan, renowned author and mixologist.
- 369 pages, hardcover, including over 350 cocktail recipes and spirit glossary
- Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, New York, 2003
- Retails for around $30
Guide Review - The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan
If you are one of those who wants to know exactly what a bartender's role is, then Regan's chapter The Bartender: Do You Have What It Takes? will answer all of your questions. Using his own extensive experience, Regan expels the very fine points of becoming an efficient, responsible and likable bartender. Take his advice on dealing with bar owners, wait staff, drunk customers and how to keep an efficiently running bar. Put that advice to work and you'll find success no matter what type of establishment you work in.
To get a feel for Regan's writing it is appropriate to take a look at his discussion "When is a Martini Not a Martini." In this passage the author resigns to the Martini question by saying, "It's useless to argue this point, and a whole generation, if not two, now uses the term Martini when referring to drinks that, in the past, would have been dubbed cocktails. Can anyone change that habit? I think not."