The Bartenders Companion

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 9

Great recipe book that is easy to read.

TITLE: The Bartenders Companion 
SUBTITLE: The Original Guide to American Cocktails and Drinks
AUTHOR: Robert Plotkin
PUBLISHER: Bar Media, 338 Pages
TYPE: Drinks Recipes
COST: $14.95
REVIEWED BY: Chris Carlsson,


One of the better drinks recipe books out there today. With 2,797 drinks, it ranks as one of the more complete drinks references out there but is not so large as to be unwieldy or filled with a lot of filler-type recipes that are either minor variations, undrinkable, or call for ingredients no one can find.

Drinks are listed alphabetically in the book and indexed in the back by ingredient. There are also reviews and photos of 145 of the most popular brands of spirits and liquors.

Slightly larger squareish format makes it an easy it easy to prop open for consultation while mixing – Hell of a lot better than those tiny Mr. Boston books. The only improvement I would suggest is if they did a spiral binding so it would lay flat. Excellent value for the money.

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