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The Imbible

A Cocktail Guide for Beginning and Home Bartenders
Micah LeMon

BUY Cloth · 224 pp. · 5 × 8 · ISBN 9780813940380 · $29.95 · Oct 2017
BUY Ebook · 224 pp. · ISBN 9780813940434 · $29.95 · Oct 2017

Micah LeMon had one slight problem when he started bartending nearly twenty years ago: he had no idea what he was doing. Mixology, he came to understand, is based on principles that are indispensable but not widely known. In The Imbible, LeMon shares the knowledge he has gained over two decades, so that even beginning bartenders can execute classic cocktails--and riff on those classics to create originals of their own. 

A good cocktail is never a random concoction. LeMon introduces readers to the principal components of every drink--spirit, sweet, and sour or bitter--and explains the role each plays in bringing balance to a beverage. Choosing two archetypes--the shaken Daiquiri and the stirred Manhattan—he shows how bartenders craft delicious variations by beginning with a good foundation and creatively substituting like ingredients.

Lavishly illustrated in color and laid out in an inviting and practical way, The Imbible also provides a thorough overview of the bartender’s essential tools and techniques and includes recipes for over forty drinks--from well executed classics to original creations exclusive to this book. Both a lesson for beginners and a master class for more experienced bartenders, LeMon’s book opens the door to endless variations without losing sight of the true goal--to make a delicious cocktail.


The Imbible is the sensible playbook drinkers and home bartenders have long desired.... Each chapter of this refreshing tome flows seamlessly into the next, making this a light read you can knock out in one sitting. Drinking while reading is encouraged.

Pen + Knife

Teaching cocktails via patterns is one of the most effective and efficient ways to advance any novice bartender, and I appreciate Micah LeMon’s approach to this book as a teacher myself. His passion for cocktails translates to his writing, and he has a lovely way of engaging the reader with bits of history and stories. This book will appeal to bartenders, industry professionals, and enthusiasts alike.

Tyler Hudgens, bar director, The Dabney, Washington, D.C.

If you've ever watched LeMon behind the bar at The Alley Light in Charlottesville, you know that he's a master mixologist and an engaging ambassador for cocktail culture.

Edible Blue Ridge

LeMon has compiled his cocktail wizardry into a book called The Imbible... LeMon said he took a break from bartending about a decade ago... But the pull of mixing drinks lured him back, and eight years ago, he decided to get serious about bartending as a career. He said that decision corresponded with the public's increased interest in cocktail making technique and theory. His book is aimed at those with that curiosity.

CBS 19

Touted as a starter guide for home bartenders, it breaks down the necessary tools and techniques and how to bend the rules once you learn them.

The Local Palate

A handsome guide that shows how to make sophisticated, classic mixed drinks as well as new concoctions; it includes a splash of history, a liquor tutorial and tips for budding mixologists hoping to invent their own.

Los Angeles Times

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