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Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) is a concise, pocket-sized, water-resistant guide to setting up a quality home cocktail bar.

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    Funding is successful, thank you all! Everything that comes in after this point will help make the project better: a larger print run, better-quality rewards, and promotional expenses. :) Come on board, the party's just getting started!

Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) is a concise, pocket-sized, 110-page guide to setting up a home cocktail bar with an emphasis on history, quality, and craft. The book includes twenty-five recipes ranging from standards (Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Mint Julep) to tiki classics (Zombie, Navy Grog, Mai Tai) to today's exciting craft cocktails (Southern Exposure, Penicillin). Tips and techniques cover everything from storing ice to how to pick the best citrus.

The tone is punchy yet pulls no punches. You won't find Vodka, Red Bull, or Slippery Nipples here. Only the best – because goddamnit, you deserve it!

Features original illustrations, handy checklists, and easy-to-read instructions that break down these fine libations into foolproof steps.

Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) is spiral-bound for easy lay-flat reading and is professionally litho printed in full color on water-resistant, tear-resistant synthetic paper for durability.

- - - Authentic • Practical • No Bullshit - - -

WHY KICKSTARTER?

There's a hell of a party going on lately with a focus on quality cocktails in innovative bars around the country. I'd like to invite everyone to that party - but not everyone is lucky enough to have a great bar nearby, or maybe can't afford to go out often. Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) will help bridge that gap, bringing a taste of elegance within reach. 

There's no book like this out there at the moment. Seems there's three kinds of cocktail books: (1) huge encyclopedic cover-everything doorstops, (2) intro-to-drinkmaking books full of bad advice and mediocre-at-best recipes, and (3) niche specialty books that are well-written with great recipes, but don't cover the basics. Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) aims to fill that space on the bookshelf in an approachable way.

The book is already researched, written, designed, and illustrated. I've solicited advice from cocktail cognoscenti. It's been professionally proofed and edited by a veteran journalist. I have printing quotes from established lithographers who know book printing and specifically, printing on this specialty waterproof paper stock: a key reason-to-exist for this book. Simply running off copies at Lulu or Blurb won't cut it for this particular title. (The book you see in the video is a hand-printed, hand-trimmed mockup cheaply bound at Kinko's.)

Now, I could go to established book publishers with this little gem, but you know as well as I do what would happen: they'd put pressure on me to play it safe, shoot for the middle, don't piss anyone off. Water it down, essentially. F that noise! I'd rather get it out there on my own (with your help, of course) and do it right.

So this is where you come in. Self-publishing takes a great concept, solid writing, creativity, ambition, and cash. I'll cover the first four if you can help with the last one.

Your contributions will provide funding for the first printed edition of the book and will cover promotional and distribution expenses. A book of this quality is unusual and costly - but is also much more valuable because of that. Insisting on features like sturdy spiral binding and water-resistant paper adds value beyond the content of the book itself.

Remember, if the project budget isn't met 100%, no one pays. If the budget is met, the project goes forward and everyone gets something nice. Thanks for your time and consideration. Pass it along.

Cheers!

-- Dave Stolte
Author and Illustrator, Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)

FAQ

  • Vodka isn't something I can personally recommend and there's a growing movement away from it in the craft cocktail world. And of course, it didnt exist in American cocktails prior to the '40s - most of my recipes are from before that time.
    By Federal law, Vodka has to be colorless, odorless, and tasteless (for real!) - so it's just kind of taking up space in a drink that could be filled by something that adds to the experience (like gin, rum, etc.)
    Where vodka does make sense is as a culinary blank slate for infusions - not something I cover under "the basics."

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  • There is no concise, comparable "cocktails 101" book out there at the moment. They're either focused on a niche, overly voluminous, or offer bad advice. Combine that with my original illustrations, an entertaining editorial voice, pocket-sized and printed on waterproof paper - makes a unique title.

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  • Yes, after the project is funded and the books are printed, I will contact anyone who ordered outside the United States to arrange for international shipping. Or if you prefer, add an extra $20 US to your pledge and send me a note that you're paying extra for international shipping.

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  • I'm choosing to hold on to the content of the book for potential future eBook or iPad/iPod app availability, rather than give it away as a PDF.

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  • I understand the occasional salty language won't be for everyone – and I may lose some readers – but for me, a booze book without a light peppering of PG-13 euphemisms would be like a Martini without the olive.

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  • Sure, include an extra $15 per copy and send me a note. I'll mark the quantity next to your name.

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  • Measurements in the book will all be in ounces (the standard for cocktails). For those at the $50 and $125 levels, a jigger is included as part of your reward to help measure along with the book. For those at the $25 level, I urge you to purchase a jigger in either 1 & 2 ounce size or 1 1/2 & 3/4 ounces size to get up to speed on bar measuring standards. These are available at most liquor stores or online.

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    Tell me what you like to drink and I'll send you a personalized cocktail recipe with step-by-step instructions and online links to kit components. Think of it as your personalized signature cocktail.

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    You'll receive a first-run copy of "Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)". I'll even personally sign it if you're into that kind of thing.

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    You'll receive a first-run copy of "Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)". I'll even personally sign it if you're into that kind of thing. You'll also receive a lovely 8" wooden muddler and a double-sided jigger, essential tools for making the Old Fashioned as shown in the intro video.

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    Tell me your favorite cocktail and I'll send you that drink as an original illustration. You'll receive a signed and numbered limited-edition museum-quality giclée printed using archival inks on 6" x 6" 100% cotton rag paper. See samples of my work at davestolte.com (link below) for an idea of what you'll get. You'll also receive a first-run copy of "Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)" as above.

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    Get 'em all: Tell me your favorite cocktail and I'll send you that drink as an original illustration. You'll receive a signed and numbered limited-edition museum-quality giclée printed using archival inks on 6" x 6" 100% cotton rag paper. See samples of my work at davestolte.com (link below) for an idea of what you'll get. You'll also receive a first-run copy of "Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)" as above, plus a lovely 8" wooden muddler and a double-sided jigger, essential tools for making the Old Fashioned as shown in the intro video.

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    I'll personally come out to your home (anywhere in Southern California) and help you host a small party. I'll bring all the booze and essential hardware for a pre-determined menu of three drinks. I'll show you how to make the drinks step-by-step, and even stick around to mix for your party if you like. At the end, you keep the booze and the hardware. You'll also receive a first-run copy of "Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)" and the original illustration as above.

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