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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Ten Speed Press (first published 2018)
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Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bartending
Undoubtedly the best "cocktail how-to" on the market. Meehan's Guide might be better for the aspiring bar GM/owner (it actually cares about turning a profit), Morganthaler's Bar Book might bring a finer touch to issues of technique, and there are some quality historical texts as well, but Cocktail Codex provides virtually all of the information you need to start as a craft cocktail connoisseur-craftsman. Most every industry person I've spoken to agrees (the other answer? Stop reading and learn i ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A really great and in depth review of cocktail history and structure. A bit too advanced for an amateur. Many recipes call for obscure bottles I’m just never gonna get.
Yasin S.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A must read for every bartender and advanced mixologists.
Catherine Woodman
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
n the interest of full disclosure, I am more of a cocktail drinker than a cocktail maker. I do not even choose the backbone alcohol of a drink on most evenings that I drink cocktails. I have been known to choose sweet over bitter, but that is about as far as I usually go. I recently said to my spouse, who was searching for cocktail inspiration, that it would be perfectly fine to make a margarita. He blanched at the thought. That is simply not how we have been rolling this pandemic. While there i ...more
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.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, non-fiction
i really enjoyed this as an introduction to cocktails and read it cover to cover. the book is organized around 6 archetypal cocktails, with detailed explanations of how to riff on those cocktails. far more valuable to me, however, was the introduction to spirits and liqueurs themselves. the number of ingredients you can use in cocktails is just enormous, and having some baseline knowledge really helps navigate there; the recommended bottles together with tasting notes also go a long way in this ...more
Nicole Chu
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cocktail Codex builds and improves on its predecessor, Death & Co. It's beautifully designed with gorgeous photos--a book destined for the coffee table. More importantly, I love a good framework, and Alex Day and David Kaplan have developed a very helpful one for cocktail specs. All cocktails, they claim, can be traced back to 6 root recipes: The Old-Fashioned, The Martini, The Daiquiri, The Sidecar, The Whisky Highball, and The Flip. "By studying [these] classic cocktails and explaining how we ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding, if a bit unreachable cocktail book. Some of the ingredients are hard to source, at least where I live (Aylesbury Duck Vodka, La Favorite Couer de Canne rhum agricole), and some of the tools are not practical for the home enthusiast (centrifuge, smoking gun, iSi Whipper), but the reachable cocktails are fantastic. The method to the madness of categorizing, making and enjoying the various cocktails and their riffs is fascinating and educational. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with ...more
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 interes
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
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.
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.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Truly an excellent cocktail book, covering both the basics and more advanced techniques. Vastly superior to the first Death & Co. book and that one was already quite good. If there’s one cocktail book to own, it’s this one.
Les Reynolds
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome breakdown of broad cocktail families. Lots of detail about techniques, tons of recipes, and details about advanced-level methods, along with more approachable options. Also appreciated their info on preferred brands of spirits.
Göran Sandström
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate guide to perfectly executing cocktail classics and their variations, and understanding the "DNA" of cocktails. This book gives the reader a fundamental understanding of the 6 different core-types of cocktails and how every cocktail can be understood as derivative of one of them. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cocktail books I have ever purchased. It is very well structured - shows you how you can build a ton of drinks from 6 simple starting points (Old Fashioned, Martini, Daquiri, Sidecar, Highball, Flip).
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.
Anson Eckel
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cocktail book describing both techniques, recipe and how their 6 basic cocktail types can be changed.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Anyone who would like to increase their cocktail knowledge and skill. Overall a great book for beginners or experts. Highly recommended
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