Book Review: Cocktails Made Simple by Brian Weber & Amin Benny



Cocktails Made Simple by Brian Weber & Amin Benny

Easy & Delicious Recipes for the Home Bartender

Rockridge Press (October 15, 2019)

Cocktails & Mixed Drinks


Give bartending a shot―become a master mixologist

Are you looking for an exciting way to entertain? Cocktails Made Simple sets you up for success, showing you how to craft 40 iconic cocktails in the comforts of your own home.

From finding the right glass to a flaming peel finish, learn how to build a functional home bar using cost-effective tips on the essential tools to mix with―and familiar alternatives to make the most of what you have on hand.

Cocktails Made Simple includes:

  • Old-fashioned origins―Dive into the art of crafting cocktails with terms to know and tools of the trade.
  • That’s the spirit―Stock your home bar and enhance everyday ingredients using simple techniques.
  • Aperitif to digestif―Sip your way through recipes for 40 traditional cocktails categorized by spirit, as well as a brief history of each drink and tasty twists.

Shake things up and elevate your entertaining game with Cocktails Made Simple. Cheers!





Cocktails Made Simple is a handy cocktail book aimed for beginners. It is as its name states. Starts with the basics of bartending with terms and tools you need to know. Explains the essential ingredients and techniques for creating cocktails. Lots of recipes categorized by spirits. Each recipe you get a history/backstory, glassware & tools needed, ingredients & directions along with a graphic of the drink. Most come with a tip or a variation. Written in simple and brief language. A perfect bartending reference guide for the home (or bar).

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (October 16, 2019)

ARC provided by publisher



BRIAN WEBER is a restaurant industry veteran. His passion for audio production and bartending birthed his educational podcast Bartender Journey.

AMIN BENNY is the founder and president of the Orange County chapter of the USBG, owner of the bar consulting business, The Bar Host, and brand steward for WhistlePig Rye.



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