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Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'
Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'

If you're looking for a great cocktail book that's simultaneously entertaining and wonky and has plenty of expert tips, pick up “The Bar Book: Elements of Bar Technique,” written by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg and published this summer by Chronicle.  Morgenthaler -- the affable bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Ore., who catapulted the barrel-aged cocktail trend and writes about drinks on his blog and for other publications -- covers a lot of ground, getting geeky about such topics as ice, infusions, shaking and even storing garnishes. But he's also really entertaining, as anyone who has read his articles or watched his instructional...

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