The American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks
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, it 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’s Bar – each recipe focuses on quality and balance.
|Dimensions||127 × 181 mm|
Charles Schumann was born Karl Georg Schuhmann in 1941 in Bavaria. After training with Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he attended a school of hotel management in Switzerland. At the age of 30, he moved to the south of France, worked in various clubs and nightclubs and studied French at the University of Montpellier. In the summer of 1973, Charles – the name he was given while in France – returned to Munich and became a barkeeper in that city's legendary Harry's New York Bar. In 1982 he opened his own establishment, Schumann's American Bar. In the meantime, the bar has become known simply as Schumann's Bar after moving to larger quarters in Munich's elegant Odeonsplatz where it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Charles Schumann has also worked as a model for Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons, and most recently Baldessarini, Hugo Boss's luxury men's-wear line.