Mixing drinks, like all chemical endeavors, are a matter of mathematics. That in turn means that a little bit of intellectual elbow grease can produce maximum efficiency with minimal effort – an idea that the authors of The 12 Bottle Bar have taken up so you don’t have to do it by yourself.
Basically, The 12 Bottle Bar tells you an exact dozen of cocktail ingredients (eight liquors, two vermouths, and two bitters) that can be mixed in various permutations to make hundreds of cocktails. It’s a respectable array of cocktails that one might expect to come from an arsenal of hundreds of components, and the book has recipes for more than 200 of them, many taken from the site of the same name.
If you’re ready to have your own 12-bottle bar, you can get a copy of The 12 Bottle Bar by David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson from Amazon here, where it’s priced at a little over $11 in paperback.