What’s a party without party drinks?
As a home bartender, you’ll be expected to sling more than a few during a social gathering. But never fear, there are many reference guides out there on bar drink recipes to help you out. What’s cool is these bartender’s guides aren’t all paper books anymore. Sure you’ve still got some amazing guide books (and a few are featured here), but these days there are digital gadgets and even some surprising unorthodox solutions for the more common party drinks. Take a closer look. One is bound to be a good solution for you, and all of them make excellent gifts for the home bartender.
The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide To Over 1,000 Cocktails
When a bartender’s guidebook boasts over 1,000 cocktail recipes, you know it’s got you covered. But The Ultimate Bar Book does even more. It goes over proper mixing techniques, the home bar essentials that you’ll need, and the barware that’s best in each situation. This is not only recipes for mixed drinks. There’s recipes here for syrups, infusions, and unique non-alcoholic cocktails. It really hits nearly everything.
The Sharper Image 500 Recipe Electronic Drink Library
Prefer to go paperless? Have a gadget geek home bartender that loves tech toys? Or just love digital simplicity and portability? All of these are reasons why Sharper Image’s digital drink reference guide is a win. It’s tiny and light, four inches across and only 4.8 ounces without the three AAA batteries it needs to run. You can slip this compendium of 500 bar drink recipes into a pants pocket or purse easily. It’s very simple to use: just type in the drink name or search for drinks using known ingredients. There’s a lot of things to love, and for those that love all things digital it’s a must buy.
Outset 16-Ounce Glass Boston Cocktail Shaker With Recipes
Bar drink recipes can be printed nearly anywhere these days, so why not on the one thing that you need to use every time you make a mixed drink? Sure there are only six recipes on this Boston cocktail shaker, but they are tasty ones: the Tom Collins, the pomegranate margarita, the blood orange Cosmopolitan, the Appletini, the Ginger Rogers, and the Chocolate Hurricane. Get those six drinks down and you’ll cover a lot of ground at a party. There’s something there for nearly everyone. It’s an excellent bar gift as you can never have enough cocktail shakers at the home bar. Don’t like the Boston shaker style? See below.
Oggi Dial-A-Drink Cocktail Shaker
Talk about unique. How about dialing up a drink from the cocktail shaker itself? There’s fifteen different drinks that you can conjure up the ingredients for, making this an excellent solution for any home bar party. And people will be fascinated with this shaker too. They’ll want to play with it to see how it works. In that way it’s just as useful as a conversation starter as it is a bar drink recipe guide! Drinks range from an Old Fashioned to a Gin Rickey and a whole lot more.
The Craft Of The Cocktail
If you want the party drink recipes, but you also want to be well rounded in what makes them special, there are few books that’ll deliver for you like The Craft of the Cocktail. It’s got the 500 bar drink recipes, but there’s so much more. You learn about the history and personalities of these drinks and the liquors behind them. This is the type of book that helps take you from a home bar enthusiast to a mixology master.
Bring the Party Drinks To Your Home
All of these solutions for bar drink recipes can help you improve your bartending skills. They’ll help give you the know-how to make the most popular drinks out there, and some will do even more than that. If you’re serious about your home bar and delivering the goods to your guests, mastering bar recipes is a big part of it. So whether for you or as a gift, these reference tools are a wise investment to make. You’ll love what you’ll be able to make.