Books: The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

Frank Caiafa—bar manager of the legendary Peacock Alley bar in the Waldorf Astoria—stirs in recipes, history, and how-to while serving up a heady mix of the world’s greatest cocktails. Learn to easily prepare pre-Prohibition classics such as the original Manhattan, or daiquiris just as Hemingway preferred them. Caiafa also introduces his own award-winning creations, including the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour named for the famous Waldorf resident.

This book was originally published in 1931 then again in 1934. This new edition has over 1,000 recipes, classics culled from the “old books” as well as many others—like Jacques Straub's Drinks (1914), Oscar Tschirky's 100 Famous Cocktails (1934), and Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up (1951)—as well as those born from them as he’s tinkered over the past 10 years.
Each recipe features tips and variations along with notes on the drink’s history, so you can master the basics, then get adventurous—and impress friends with fascinating cocktail trivia. The book  also provides advice on setting up your home bar and scaling up your favorite recipe for a party. But the true beauty in this book to Muddle & Stir is the passion that Frank Caiafa shares with the world through his craft. Although there aren’t any pictures of the cocktails in the book, your imagination takes over to what it was like to serve one of these tipples in the world’s best hotel back in the 30’s and beyond. This is definitely a must-have for any cocktail lover.
About the Author

Frank Caiafa is the bar manager of the highly celebrated Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria, of which he has been an integral part since its restoration in 2005. His inventive use of house-made infusions, liqueurs and fresh ingredients was a forerunner of cocktail culture in NYC. Caiafa’s hospitality consulting and management enterprise, Handle Bars NYC Inc., has been called upon for its expertise in projects both in New York City and nationwide.  His creative cocktail recipes have been published in the New York TimesWine EnthusiastTime Out New YorkThe Bartender’s Gin CompendiumThe Annual Manual for Bartenders, and 901 Very Good Cocktails, among other publications.

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