, by David and Lesley Solmonson, advises consumers to stock seven spirits, one liqueur, two vermouths and two bitters to create the perfect home bar." It offers a brief history of each spirit style, why it should be included in your bar, and several recipes. There is also a guide at the back of the book on how to serve cocktails and a selection of virgin recipes.
"The 12 Bottle Bar" really makes sense to me for a small house bar. It includes a white and Amber rum, a brandy, dry gin, Genever, rye whiskey, vodka, orange liqueur (triple Sec), dry vermouth, sweet vermouth aromatic bitters and orange bitters.
Genever enables bartenders to work with the authentic flavours of the past to recreate the true classic cocktails the way they were meant to taste. The whisky-like malt tones of Genever make it also perfect to drink it straight, on the rocks, or in ‘regular’ easy mixed cocktail. It adds the malt flavor to cocktails with out using scotch.
I think that this is a perfect starter book for someone to put together a small home bar, and it will surprise you all of the cocktails that you can create with just 12 bottles. ;o)