Cooking & Entertaining

The American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks

The classic bar guide that launched a generation of cocktail lovers is back—completely updated.

With its cloth binding evoking a Jazz Age guide to speakeasies and its charming illustrations that could have come from a period magazine, this most influential cocktail book is reissued in a newly updated edition. Spanning the cocktail spectrum from classic to contemporary, it includes all the information the cocktail lover or mixologist needs to create the perfect drink in a stylishly retro package, making it an elegant, sophisticated gift as well as an indispensable companion for home or professional entertaining.

With 500 recipes and an easy-to-use index arranged by drink categories, this bar book is replete with fascinating stories behind the genesis of each cocktail, its creators, and component liquors—as well as a guide to bartending equipment and a glossary of bar terms and measurements.

Charles Schumann, whose appreciation of design and drinks is legendary, is the ideal guide to the perfect drink. Based on the menus at his iconic establishments—Harry’s New York Bar, then Schumann’s American Bar, which later became simply Schumann’sBar—each recipe focuses on quality and balance.

About The Author

Charles Schumann attended hotel management school in Switzerland and in the South of France before returning to Munich in 1973 to become one of Europe’s legendary barkeeps. He has also worked as a model for Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and most recently, Baldessarini, Hugo Boss’s luxury menswear line.

  • Publish Date: September 11, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Beverages - Alcoholic - Bartending & Cocktails
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 4-13/16 x 7-1/8
  • Pages: 416
  • US Price: $35.00
  • CDN Price: $47.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6307-5


"This just might be the most influential bar and cocktail book. And it’s back with a totally brand new edition. Whether you are shopping for a cocktail fanatic or an avid home entertainer, this book gives them tips on standard cocktail making, retro drinks and elegant presentations with over 500 recipes." —Honest Cooking