The 12 Bottle Bar

A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. A New Way to Drink.

by David Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

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  • 9780761174943
  • 9780761181385

It’s a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea--a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles--here’s how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep.

It’s a surprising guide--tequila didn’t make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. And it’s a literate guide--describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the “salt and pepper” of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat.


  • Workman Publishing Company; July 2014
  • ISBN: 9780761181385
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: The 12 Bottle Bar
  • Author: David Solmonson; Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
  • Imprint: Workman Publishing Company
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780761174943
  • 9780761181385

In The Press

“Easy, smart, and fun to read." –Men's Journal

"With this book in hand, your 12 bottles will provide at least a year’s worth of excellent drinks, both classic and modern.” –Wall Street Journal


About The Author

David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson are the husband-and-wife publishers of the popular blog 12bottlebar.com. Mr. Solmonson has written for both film and television, while Ms. Solmonson, spirits and wine writer for L.A. Weekly, is also the author of Gin: A Global History and the forthcoming Liqueur: A Global History. The Solmonsons live in Los Angeles.