This book belongs on the shelf of every single serious cocktail enthusiast. The author reveals long forgotten methods of producing cocktails from over a century of his family's business in the liquor trade (before, during and after Prohibition) and extensive experiences traveling around the world spanning from Polynesia to Eastern Europe. Nearly a hundred recipes that have never before been published, including secrets from some of the most expensive and exclusive bars in the world (past and present) personally collected over decades - yet this is t simply a recipe book. What makes this most worthwhile is the detailed and thoughtful explanation behind several original methods of producing extraordinary flavors. The section on complexing agents alone is worth the price of this book. As a bonus, there is an appendix with dozens of authentic 1928 recipes for the manufacture of interesting and obsolete cordials and spirits.