Morgenthaler, an accomplished mixologist who now presides at the Clyde Common watering hole in Portland, Oregon, builds his book around an artisan’s concern with ingredients and results, leading readers through the creation of mixers and bases—from tonic water to ginger juice—before stepping into the realm of cocktail creation. His emphasis on technique and his attention to detail lead him into fascinating discussions, such as using Ian Fleming’s original recipe for the vesper to explain why the metric system is best for drink recipes. This is a book long on personality and opinions—as one might expect from a bar master.
Color throughout. Hardcover.