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The New Old Bar

Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys

The New Old Bar by Steve McDonagh
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The New Old Bar is a collection of 200 great classic cocktail recipes that takes the fear out of entertaining and demystifies the party-throwing experience. Much more than an assortment of vintage cocktails (plus 25 terrific small dishes to enjoy while you drink them), The New Old Bar is a how-to manual on bringing mid-century cocktail culture to your home bar.

Author Steve McDonagh is one half of the Chicago restaurant and catering duo known as The Hearty Boys, who were the winners of the very first series of The Next Food Network Star. The Hearty Boys have catered events for President Barack Obama, and they have fed notables from Oprah Winfrey to Hillary Clinton.

In this fun and beautifully photographed book, McDonagh tells readers about the proper tools needed for hosting successful cocktail parties, including vital information on bar setup, equipment needs, and proper shaking and blending techniques. Combining little-known vintage favorites with updated twists on classic standards, The New Old Bar presents you with the basic cocktail recipes that hosts and hostesses absolutely must have in their repertoire.

Many cocktail recipes are paired with a short, informational “cheat sheet” that gives you just enough of the drink’s backstory to sound like a well-marinated bar veteran as you measure, mix, and muddle for your guests. Since no cocktail is complete without a salty, crunchy foil, the recipes for updated bar snacks features a versatile array of complementary, easy-to-enjoy finger-food favorites.

The Hearty Boys have charmed the country with their breezy, insouciant take on food and entertaining, and now Steve McDonagh brings the same warmth, humor, and easy expertise to the world of classic cocktails. Drink up!

Agate Publishing; November 2012
208 pages; ISBN 9781572847101
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Title: The New Old Bar
Author: Steve McDonagh; Dan Smith
 
ISBNs
1572847107
9781572841390
9781572847101