diffordsguide Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible
diffordsguide Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: 11th Edition
Author Statement: Simon Difford
Audience: Trade
Specs: 3200 color photographs, tables
Pages: 504
Trim Size: 7 3/4" X 10 1/4" X 1 7/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20130822
Copyright Year: 2013
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diffordsguide Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible

Includes 800 new recipes.

Includes 800 new recipes.

Reviews of previous edition:
Whether you take your drink shaken, stirred, on the rocks, or neat, you will still find plenty to keep you busy at the bar with this exceedingly useful resource.
-- Library Journal

Have ice crusher. Will travel. Especially with this 500 page hardcover bartending bible tucked under one arm. A comprehensive compendium of all things gin fizz and champagne bubbly, it features not only recipes and glossy illustrations of just how to place an umbrella on a Singapore Sling, but also detailed guides to the right garnishes, glassware and tools needed for the perfect bartender's kit.
-- The Globe and Mail

Simon Difford has earned a huge and loyal international following in professional bartending circles. Discerning drinkers, amateur mixologists and professional bartenders will continue to find this 11th edition of his Cocktails to be an indispensable reference.

Practical and inspiring, this book contains 3000 recipes from the traditional to the new and inventive. Each easy-to-follow recipe has a color photograph of the assembled drink in its assigned glass, ingredient measures, directions, garnish, variations, plus fascinating information on the cocktail's origin.

This 11th edition includes 800 new recipes, plus:

  • An A to Z recipe directory
  • Detailed instructions for beginners, including all the basic skills
  • Recommendations for the best equipment
  • A directory of glass types
  • The 14 key alcoholic ingredients, which make a minimum of 450 cocktails
  • The 9 essential juices and mixers
  • The 18 essential refrigerator and cupboard staples
  • An index of ingredients and the cocktails they are used in
  • The top 100 great cocktail bars of the world.


Simon Difford is a drinks industry celebrity. His experience includes running his own bar, founding his own import company and establishing brands. He is a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award winning writer and lives in London, England.

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