Cocktail Codex

Origins, Fundamentals, Formulas
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From the authors of the best-selling and genre-defining cocktail book Death & Co, Cocktail Codex is a comprehensive primer on the craft of mixing drinks that employs the authors' unique "root cocktails" approach to give drink-makers of every level the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails.

"There are only six cocktails." So say Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, the visionaries behind the seminal craft cocktail bar Death & Co. In Cocktail Codex, these experts reveal for the first time their surprisingly simple approach to mastering cocktails: the "root recipes," six easily identifiable (and memorizable!) templates that encompass all cocktails: the old-fashioned, martini, daiquiri, sidecar, whisky highball, and flip. Once you understand the hows and whys of each "family," you'll understand why some cocktails work and others don't, when to shake and when to stir, what you can omit and what you can substitute when you're missing ingredients, why you like the drinks you do, and what sorts of drinks you should turn to--or invent--if you want to try something new.

Praise

Praise for Death & Co:

"This is a book that will inspire the next generation of bartenders." --Dale Degroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail

"Elegant, intelligent." --David Wondrich, author of Imbibe! and Punch

"A timeless reference for anyone interested in cocktails." --Daniel Humm, chef/co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and co-author of Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter

"A fascinating, in-depth look at one of the best bars out there." --Gaz Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

"An instant classic for craft cocktail enthusiasts and professionals alike." --April Bloomfield, chef/owner of The Spotted Pig