One Week of Classier Homemade Cocktails with Jeffrey Morgenthaler

July 18, 2014

All week, Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been sharing cocktail techniques and recipes from The Bar Book -- today, we're rounding them all up and giving away one last copy of the book.

This week, Clyde Common's Jeffrey Morgenthaler inspired us to step away from the bar and turn our kitchens into the coolest new cocktail spot in town: He revolutionized our gin and tonics. He dispelled our fears of egg whites. And of course, he made good use of all our overgrown mint in a fresh take on the mojito. Now, our biggest problem is picking which of these drinks we're going to make tonight.

All About Citrus + A Classic Daiquiri

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Daiquiri  Daiquiris


How To Make Quinine Syrup from Scratch for a Better Gin and Tonic

How To Make Quinine Syrup from Scratch for a Better Gin and Tonic  How To Make Quinine Syrup for A Better Gin and Tonic


5 Variations on a Spritz

5 Variations on a Spritz


All About Dry Shaking + A White Lady

A White Lady  All About Dry Shaking and A White Lady


How To Blanch Herbs for Syrups + A Mojito

A Mojito  A Mojito

We're giving away a copy of The Bar Book every day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What drink will you be shaking up this weekend? We'll pick five winners at random next Monday, July 21!

Photo by Alanna Hale. Excerpted from the book The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique by Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books. All rights reserved.

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davidjlittle August 14, 2014
Me thinks I shall re-visit the olde Harvey Wallbanger. He might hide a few nuances with the right handling.
Bronwyn August 13, 2014
Classic martinis with some beautiful artisanal gin we bought in Vermont!
Butch July 21, 2014
Had the pleasure of sir morgenthaler pour me some bourbon recently. I'll be making his mojito tomorrow eve!
Steve F. July 21, 2014
Hot and humid the last few days so mai tais really hit the spot. Sadly I am now out of orgeat so a daiquiri will have to be the next round.
Tom G. July 20, 2014
June bug, tropical, refreshing and delicious.
Glo C. July 20, 2014
Mixed up a couple gin fizzes last night.
Sean A. July 20, 2014
Dani July 20, 2014
A bourbon Rickey variation with lemon instead of lime, and peach mint-Angostura ice cubes with pepper.corns. So refreshing!
Margie July 20, 2014
Mint daiquiri!
onetinyspark July 20, 2014
Classic gin martinis!
NicolePDX July 20, 2014
I hosted a taco dinner party last night and made JM's margaritas. They were a huge hit! http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2006/a-gallon-of-margaritas/
Stephanie July 20, 2014
Basil Gimlets!
Tomas July 20, 2014
The Old Cuban!
hobbit2nd July 20, 2014
Lemonade + Blueberry Vodka
Sharon R. July 19, 2014
Peach daiquiri
Rich July 19, 2014
Flor de Jalisco
Joni July 19, 2014
A Douglas Expedition !
Melanie July 19, 2014
Have some rum, wasn't sure what to do with it. Daquiri #3, will fit the bill!
Alan July 19, 2014
Started the weekend with a Last Word, but I have some of Morgenthaler's tonic syrup in my fridge and I can feel a gin and tonic coming on....
The F. July 19, 2014
I won't be shaking. I will stir up a Vieux Carre!