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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Ten Speed Press
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Michael
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Follow up to Death & Co, this is an interesting approach to a drinks book. Day, Fauchald and Kaplan focus in on six major cocktail archetypes (the Martini, The Daiquiri, etc) and explore in excruciating detail what the core ratios are that define each drink and how bartenders have developed variants over the years (i.e. think of a Manhattan as a Martini with the gin swapped for whisky and the white vermouth for red, or a Margarita as a tequila Sidecar).

It’s an interesting book for anyone
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Luke Gruber
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic premise: most cocktails derive from 6 drink blueprints. Identify those blueprints, and you’ll be able to be creative in your drink mixing.

I’m a complete amateur when it comes to cocktails. This book perfectly articulated the simplicity of the drinks, and also explained the differences between almost all of the major types of spirits (bourbon vs rye, vermouth vs sherry...etc). This was incredibly helpful for my novice expertise.

The book also went into great detail articulating different
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Kelly
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best cocktail book I’ve read! The folks from Death & Co. have narrowed down the world of cocktails into six basic drinks: the old fashioned, martini, daiquiri, sidecar, whiskey highball, and flip. An interesting take that is actually quite convincing. Loved reading this book. As always, Death & Co. does not disappoint.
Liz
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thorough and engaging explanation of the major cocktail families. More than just a collection of recipes - this explains the frameworks and how the different ingredient categories interact, with examples.
Markus Stobbs
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can all cocktails be collapsed into 6 classics? The authors make a compelling case that they can and the result is a mental map of the cocktail universe that is empowering to professional bartenders and amateurs alike.
Chris
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An almost excruciating level of detail but when you dig into this book, it helps unlock the world of cocktails. Highly recommend it for enthusiasts
Ryan Rummel
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding reference book for formulating your own original drinks as well as some classics too.
Steve Kreidler
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite bar book in my library. A cross between a coffee table book, a primer on the 6 basic drinks, a set of recommendations for best brands, and excellent and elegant recipes.
Karl
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Death & Co, including a sort of philosophy of drink invention, recipes, and many advanced techniques.
Janet
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! You need to be a little bit of a cocktail nerd to really enjoy it.
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