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Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'

Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'

If you're looking for a great cocktail book that's simultaneously entertaining and wonky and has plenty of expert tips, pick up “The Bar Book: Elements of Bar Technique,” written by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg and published this summer by Chronicle. 

Morgenthaler -- the affable bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Ore., who catapulted the barrel-aged cocktail trend and writes about drinks on his blog and for other publications -- covers a lot of ground, getting geeky about such topics as ice, infusions, shaking and even storing garnishes. But he's also really...

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