Cocktail Codex Promotion

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

The owners of the Death & Co. Cocktail Bars in New York and Denver confess that there are really only six cocktails. What? Yes, these liquor aficionados reveal their simple formula of "cocktail families," six easily identifiable templates that encompass all cocktails. Their secret is out and once you understand the intricacies of each family, you'll know:

  • 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,
  • what sorts of drinks you should turn to or invent if you want to try something new.

Confession time: I am not a cocktail girl. It is not that I don't enjoy them I do but I'd rather chew my calories. But this book blew me away for many reasons:

  • stunning, modern photography
  • explicit instructions dedicated to each minute detail such as "how to shake with 1-inch ice cubes" 
  • root recipes, core recipes, classic recipes, variations 
  • helpful guides such as "common citrus fruits and their cocktail applications"
  • glassware suggestions, bottle recommendations 
  • special clarifications for certain ingredients such as kieselsol or agar
  • and many, many other reasons

Our  takes you inside this beautiful title and features the following 

I am so mesmerized by this book that I have the Death & Co. original cookbook on my wish list. I'm told that the debut title is more complicated with many sub-recipes but the photography looks stunning. If it is half as beautiful as this book, I will be pleased (or should I say I will drink to that?). I've decided it's time to go on a liquid diet. Bottoms up.

Special thanks to Ten Speed Press for sharing the materials needed for our EYBD Preview and for providing one copy of this book in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering one copy of this book to EYB Members in the US & Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 13th, 2019.

Excerpt for our EYBD Preview used with permission of Ten Speed Press. Taken from Cocktail Codex by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald and David Kaplan. Photographs by Dylan James Ho and Jeni Afuso. Illustrations by Tim Tomkinson ®2019


  • riley  on  3/25/2019 at 1:17 AM

    Dark and Stormy

  • sarahawker  on  3/25/2019 at 7:54 AM


  • SheilaS  on  3/25/2019 at 9:50 AM

    That Snowbird sounds good to me!

  • Aprils01  on  3/25/2019 at 10:04 AM

    Champagne cocktail

  • kmn4  on  3/25/2019 at 10:16 AM

    Beam me up biscotti

  • Auxilia  on  3/25/2019 at 11:00 AM

    The Campfire!

  • Kristjudy  on  3/25/2019 at 11:50 AM

    Champagne cocktail

  • mkthomson  on  3/25/2019 at 12:41 PM

    Champagne cocktail

  • JenjiRM  on  3/25/2019 at 1:16 PM

    Snowbird for sure!

  • vinochic  on  3/25/2019 at 4:15 PM

    Brown Derby

  • Zephyrness  on  3/25/2019 at 10:33 PM

    classic monkey gland, please

  • hirsheys  on  3/26/2019 at 8:10 AM

    Improved whiskey cocktail

  • popoff  on  3/26/2019 at 12:47 PM

    Dave Fernie’s old-fashioned

  • jezpurr  on  3/26/2019 at 6:27 PM

    Coffee-infused Kalani coconut liqueur!!!^_^

  • Cookingfun  on  3/27/2019 at 6:03 AM

    Ti' punch, a favorite !

  • sipa  on  3/27/2019 at 9:39 AM


  • htomren  on  3/27/2019 at 8:11 PM

    Heat Miser

  • RickPearson54  on  3/28/2019 at 8:15 AM

    The Campfire

  • Elve56  on  3/28/2019 at 9:28 AM

    Mint julep, I love the idea of bourbon and mint together. I have so much fresh mint and I don't enjoy the rum in a mojito.

  • jennifersbrown  on  3/28/2019 at 9:42 AM

    The Heat miser sounds so interesting!

  • ninkasi13  on  3/28/2019 at 4:27 PM

    Beach Bonfire! We have pineapple gum syrup and would love a recipe to finally use it!

  • ktwalla  on  3/28/2019 at 7:29 PM

    Vermouth Cocktail

  • Zaira  on  3/29/2019 at 8:47 AM

    Hemingway Daiquiri

  • Pamyoungvb  on  3/29/2019 at 4:16 PM

    Snowbird. We live in Florida and usually have a welcome back party for our “snowbirds” in the fall. This would be fun.

  • Steben  on  3/30/2019 at 10:09 AM

    Improved whiskey cocktail

  • jpv  on  3/30/2019 at 4:35 PM

    Ned Ryerson with good old Canadian rye

  • ravensfan  on  3/30/2019 at 9:29 PM

    Our ideal old-fashioned

  • jmay42066  on  3/30/2019 at 10:35 PM

    Mint julep, Ky girl here!

  • Sfgordon  on  4/1/2019 at 11:10 AM

    Definitely the autumn old fashioned!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  4/2/2019 at 10:10 PM

    Fresh gimlet

  • banba1  on  4/3/2019 at 7:20 PM

    Our ideal old-fashioned

  • antpantsii  on  4/6/2019 at 6:12 AM

    Cold girl cocktail. I’m a sucker for Peaty scotch

  • debbiehb  on  4/7/2019 at 9:25 AM

    Night owl

  • Amandaspamanda  on  4/12/2019 at 1:23 PM

    The beach bonfire sounds amazing! I guess it's time to go shopping :)

  • BethPrice  on  4/13/2019 at 7:10 AM

    Fresh Gimlet

  • Avrlind  on  4/15/2019 at 12:48 AM

    Since I'm a beekeeper, I think I would try the bees knees. I might take the lemon out and substitute pomegranate syrup.

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