Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Jun. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780525575771. $25. COOKING
Cocktail expert deBary, former bar director at Momofuku and bartender at the New York speakeasy PDT, wants you to have a good drink—and a good drink is one that suits your palate, budget, and situation. With this concise, witty guide, readers explore their personal tastes while at the same time receiving a solid foundation in the basics of classic cocktails. DeBary’s style is chatty and relaxed, with plenty of humorous asides and heaps of useful tips. In addition to the classic drink lines, there are sections on both simple and ambitious cocktails, no-alcohol offerings, and how to make a delicious drink in less than ideal conditions. Aimed at the home bartender, this work will likely feel more accessible than Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology.
VERDICT Those new to home bartending will be encouraged, and even old hands will find something to learn in this fun, useful book for thirsty home mixologists.

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