How to Be the Drink Mixer in Your Crowd


By Holly Rapport

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Readers learn to become master mixologists with this hip, trendy drink-mix guide for both beginner and advanced cocktail-party hosts.

There really is an art to preparing excellent mixed drinks, and MIXOLOGY is a one-stop shop for everything one needs to know about this popular craft. With a straightforward, easy-to-understand and humorous writing style, Holly Rapport guides readers through the “mixology” process. What does it take to be a master mixologist? For starters, the right bar tools (or the right substitutions), the freshest ingredients, a well-stocked bar, and the desire to serve the best and most delicious drinks possible.

Rapport provides helpful tips on how to chill serving glasses, prepare garnishes and sugar/salt rims, and how to serve ice, as well as what glasses to select and how to measure ingredients. MIXOLOGY is a comprehensive guide that will make any party a hit. It features dozens of fantastic new drinks and even includes a section on throwing memorable theme parties. Divided according to alcoholic ingredients, MIXOLOGY lets readers get the most out of any liquor-from vodka to bourbon to brandy to even wine and champagne cocktails. No well-stocked bar should be without it.



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First eBook Edition: June 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-56254-6


First and foremost, I want to thank Stacey Ashton, my publisher, friend, and great drinking buddy. This book would have never happened without your vision, and I thank you for inviting me to be a part of it. You're the best!

To all of my drinking buddies (you know who you are), thank you for helping me with years of research. To Yosh, you are always there for me, especially for a ski-break cocktail. Many thanks to Jean Griffin (for hiring me!) and Olga Vezeris, my editor and cheerleader, of Time Warner Book Group.

This book is dedicated to my father, who has stood by me with endless support and love, through good times and bad. I love you Dad. And to my mother, who is always in my heart, and who, as an avid reader, would be proud that I got published.


Let's start with America's favorite spirit: vodka. The craze for vodka started with the Russian-made Smirnoff mixed with ginger beer and lime, the drink known as the Moscow Mule. By the 1960s vodka had surpassed its elder, gin, in popularity and folks were following James Bond's lead by using vodka in their martinis, instead of the usual gin. Most often vodka is distilled from grain or potatoes, and it's always odorless and it used to be always colorless. These days, there are many popular colored and flavored vodkas to choose from. (Many are featured in the New Retro Martinis chapter of this book.) Because of its traditional look and smell, vodka has a wonderful way of blending with whatever you mix it with—sweet, sour, or otherwise. Some of the all-time favorite retro drinks are vodka-based: the Bloody Mary, Salty Dog, and White Russian, to name a few. Vodka doesn't have 20 percent of the American market share for nothing!


2 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Light Rum

½ oz. Milk

1 tsp. Sugar

1 spritz Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish: lemon twist

Black Russian

1 ½ oz. Vodka

¾ oz. Kahlúa

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, then pour into old-fashioned glass.

Bloody Mary

1½ oz. Vodka

3 oz. Tomato Juice

½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. Lemon Juice

2–3 drops Tabasco Sauce

Ground Black Pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, then strain into highball glass over ice. Garnish: celery stick or lime wedge

Bull Shot

2 oz. Vodka

4 oz. Chilled Beef Bouillon

½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, then strain into old-fashioned glass.

Cape Codder

2 oz. Vodka

5 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into ice-filled highball glass. Garnish: lime wedge

Harvey Wallbanger

1 ½ oz. Vodka

4 oz. Orange Juice


On Sale
Jun 27, 2009
Page Count
96 pages