The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Make 500 of the World's Best Drinks and Host Legendary Cocktail Parties by Dale DeGroff

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  • Bloody Maria

    • cthdawn on December 30, 2018

      Used zing zang as tomato juice, English prime rib rub and a habanero. Olives in bottom of glass. Excellent

  • Madison Avenue cocktail

    • okcook on June 09, 2018

      We love, love this cocktail. Use ingredients specified.

    • TrishaCP on November 23, 2019

      This was pretty good. We ended up adding a bit more Cointreau for balance and that was more to our taste.

    • anya_sf on June 07, 2018

      A delicious, strong cocktail. I used light amber rum instead of white and it was fine - I think you just want to avoid a rum that's too dark or strongly flavored.

  • Paris

    • TrishaCP on November 17, 2019

      A nice cocktail - better for those who prefer things on the sweet side.

  • Margarita

    • Bloominanglophile on April 05, 2014

      My husband and I have used this recipe as a jumping-off point for our own "house" margarita. I personally like to have a little simple syrup in my margarita to balance out the acidity of the lime and the sting of the spirits. I felt the amount of lime juice needed to be upped, also.

  • Pineapple julep

    • Bloominanglophile on May 09, 2014

      I really use the Maker's Mark I have in the house for cooking, but since I had all the ingredients for this cocktail, I decided to indulge in this libation to help me get through a mountain of dirty dishes! I really like the addition of the pineapple, and I augmented its flavor by adding 1/2 oz. pineapple juice (unsweetened) to the drink. Next time I make this, however, I would decrease the simple syrup--the sweetness is a bit cloying to my taste.

  • Lemon drop

    • Bloominanglophile on April 05, 2014

      This isn't a bad recipe, but I don't care for the addition of the Cointreau. It gives it a bit of a funny aftertaste, IMHO.

    • peaceoutdesign on May 21, 2021

      I changed the proportions to 2oz citrus vodka, 3/4 oz Cointreau(or 1/4 Cointreau and 1/2 infused simple syrup, 1/2oz lemon juice. Infused Simple syrups that are good: rosemary ginger or an oolong tea simple syrup.

  • Ritz cocktail

    • anya_sf on February 27, 2021

      Very enjoyable even with inexpensive sparkling wine. Drinking it made me feel fancy :-)

  • Stone fence

    • anya_sf on November 17, 2021

      I can't always tolerate bourbon, but I really liked this drink, made with Basil Hayden's. Nicely balanced. Half a drink was plenty for me though.

  • Corpse reviver

    • anya_sf on January 18, 2019

      Great version of this classic cocktail.

  • Crawdaddy

    • anya_sf on September 07, 2022

      I never knew there was a name for this drink other than just "vodka lemonade", but thanks to EYB, now I do.

  • Edith's fizz

    • anya_sf on September 27, 2018

      A refreshing, citrusy drink that's easy to make and not too strong.

  • Flamingo

    • anya_sf on October 16, 2020

      Mt Gay amber rum worked fine here. Made with artisanal grenadine, this drink was not overly sweet and actually could have used the optional splash of simple syrup. It was a pleasant, not cloying, tropical drink.

  • French flamingo

    • anya_sf on November 27, 2020

      Even with regular vodka, this was still a great drink, similar to a cosmo, but less strong.

  • Abbey cocktail

    • anya_sf on March 03, 2021

      Nice drink. I've had similar drinks made with lemon instead of orange juice and I slightly prefer lemon, but this is nice if you have oranges on hand.

  • Caricature cocktail

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2021

      The generous amount of simple syrup did balance the various bitter ingredients but also made the drink rather cloying. Okay flavor, but not a favorite. 1.5x the recipe made 2 normal sized drinks.

  • Casino royale

    • anya_sf on January 05, 2021

      Pretty good champagne cocktail. The recipe doesn't say how much champagne to add - just "fill to top" - so the taste could vary. Great name though.

  • Gin gin mule

    • Baxter850 on February 28, 2019

      Does not work with store bought ginger beer. Too sweet and can’t shake. Try again with the special ginger beer recipe provided.

  • Grasshopper

  • Presidente

    • Baxter850 on April 11, 2020

      Dry vermouth is an old spec although it can still make sense if you’re using Dolin. Thinking a cross of dry and blanc vermouth is the best option.

  • Zombie

    • Baxter850 on April 22, 2020

      These specs stray far from Donn’s although I haven’t tried it. The Essential Cocktail specs are much closer to Donn’s.

  • Jacana

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