The Cocktail Cabinet Cookbook Giveaway & Quick Bites

Enter our US/UK/CA giveaway to win one of three copies of The Cocktail Cabinet: The Art, Science and Pleasure of Mixing the Perfect Drink by Zoe Burgess.

In The Cocktail Cabinet flavour expert Zoe Burgess demystifies cocktails, explaining and exploring the structures, flavour profiles and techniques used. In the first part of the book Zoe helps you understand why cocktails work, looking at the five basic tastes and other elements, including the flavour profiles of key spirits. She pulls apart classic recipes to explore their structure and explains why certain ingredients work together.

Understanding these elements allows you to understand and build on your personal taste preferences, opening up a vast palette of options – including those of your own creation.

The second part of the book puts that knowledge into practice, with more than 80 recipes for drinks organised by cocktail type – champagne-based, stirred, bitter, sour and long. In each chapter Zoe builds on the basic recipe, layering on additional ingredients and variations to ensure you go on the journey of exploration with her, and get under the skin of how the cocktails are built. Throughout the book informative illustrations show everything from the flavour profiles of spirits to the deconstructed building blocks of each cocktail.

Cocktails are about enjoyment, of course, but what this ingenious book demonstrates is that the more you understand what you’re drinking, the more you will enjoy not only that drink but the whole world of delicious options that understanding opens up.

Zoe’s publisher has shared two recipes with our Members.

Champagne Cocktail
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  • 1 white sugar cube
  • 6 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 15ml (1/2oz) Cognac
  • 100ml (3 1/3 oz) Champagne

Total drink volume: 115ml (3 2/3 oz plus 1 tsp)
Ideal glass volume: 150–240ml (5–8oz plus 1 tsp)
Glass: coupette at room temperature

This is an iconic cocktail with great depth of flavour and an approachable taste. Though a little stronger in spirit, we’ve retained balance with the warm flavour profile of all the ingredients involved. The spices from the Angostura bitters complement the Cognac’s woody profile and act as a bridge between the Cognac and Champagne. This is a richer, deeper-flavoured cocktail, especially when compared with the bright fruity notes of the Kir Royale (see page 82).

What’s great about this drink is that the aroma delivery system has changed and this is because of the sugar cube. The sugar cube encourages and becomes the starting point for the bubbles, and this is important. Each bubble carries with it the aroma of the bitters, making this cocktail a great example of the impact aroma has on the drinking experience. It’s therefore important you stick with a sugar cube – sugar syrup would taste fine, but the aroma of the drink will be reduced.

Place the sugar cube on a napkin and dash the bitters on to the sugar cube;
it should be fully covered in the bitters. Place the soaked sugar cube in the
glass, add the Cognac and top up with the Champagne, then serve.

Note: You do not stir this cocktail, as you do not want to disturb the sugar
cube. The goal is to let it gently release the flavour from the bitters while
it slowly dissolves and makes the cocktail sweeter. The drink will therefore
get sweeter as it sits, so don’t be concerned if this cocktail is dry at the start.
Enjoy the experience of it changing over time.

Sweet Manhattan
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  • 40ml (1 1/3 oz) Bourbon
  • 20ml (2/3 oz) sweet vermouth
  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) maraschino liqueur
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry

Total drink volume: approximately 75ml (2 1/3 oz plus 1 tsp)
Ideal glass volume: 100–150ml (3 1/3 – 5 oz)
Glass: chilled coupette

A Sweet Manhattan is a great place to start if you are looking to explore
Bourbon-based stirred cocktails. Despite its rich, sweet, warm and woody
flavour, this cocktail has a dry finish, making you want to go back for more.

Fill a cocktail tin with cubed ice. Add the Bourbon, sweet vermouth,
maraschino liqueur and Angostura bitters and stir approximately 15 times
to combine. Double strain into the chilled glass, garnish with a maraschino
cherry and serve.

Note: Buffalo Trace is a great Bourbon to start with, but do feel free to
experiment with your choice, paying attention to how it changes the body
and length of flavour in the cocktail.

Excerpt from: The Cocktail Cabinet by Zoe Burgess is published by Mitchell Beazley (£20). Photography by Andre Ainsworth’

Zoe took time from her busy schedule to answer some questions for our Members.

Zoe Burgess, founder and owner of independent drinks consultancy Atelier Pip, is one of the UK’s most renowned flavour experts and founding partner of one of east London’s most unique and creative cocktail bars, Untitled. With a career spanning over 10 years, she has developed groundbreaking cocktail menus for giants of the hospitality industry including three Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal and has collaborated with some of the world’s most respected sensory scientists, including Oxford University’s Charles Spence and University of London’s pioneering chemist Andrea Sella.

Her passion is pushing the boundaries within the sensory- and flavour-led sectors to create an immersive and memorable drinking experience for consumers. She continues to work with Heston Blumenthal’s creative team and has worked with clients such as SOMA Soho, The Standard Hotel and Be-oom tea rooms in London.

Q: What first triggered your interest in cocktails?

It was while I was working at a small artisanal chocolate company in London that I discovered the potential for a cocktail to deliver a full flavor experience. I was intrigued by how you could encapsulate a variety of different flavors into a single, perfectly balanced liquid and create a unique experience for guests. The opportunities felt endless and the more I explored with less traditional flavors, aromas and unconventional combinations, the more fascinated I became. 

Q: Please tell our Members why your cocktail book is a must have?

While The Cocktail Cabinet contains over 80 cocktail recipes, what makes my book a must have is its holistic approach to the beauty of cocktails and knowing why exactly they work, which is by understanding their structure, the flavor profiles of the spirits and the skill of combining those elements to make a perfectly balanced drink. Once you learn to master the classics in the different categories (champagne-based, stirred, bitter, sour and long), you can then have fun exploring the wonderful spectrum of each category just by substituting 1 or 2 ingredients in your cupboard and adding your personal flavor preferences. Cocktails are unique in their flavor structure, and the book shares my knowledge on this with tips for you to explore and set you on a personal cocktail journey and host others in the home.

When you’re hosting, you want to focus on your guests and be in the moment, so I’ve designed the book in a way which presents everything you need to create a memorable experience at your fingertips, as well as a flavor thesaurus and cocktails indexed by spirit, type and occasion.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? Just cocktail related books? Any others?

Yes! In fact, I tend to collect cookbooks more than anything else. I love the world of flavor as a whole, so looking at how chefs work with ingredients and layer up flavors is a real inspiration. I also enjoy artist biographies, it’s fascinating looking at how creativity works in general.

Q: Do you like to cook/bake – or are you devoted to cocktails and leave the cooking to others?

I do like to cook but normally just for others. The host in me comes out and it’s a very pleasurable experience, especially if I throw a cocktail into the mix.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with drinks and food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

No two days are the same and I have the opportunity to collaborate with some amazingly talented people with skills that cross all areas of hospitality, that is the best bit. If I’m at home then the vibe is a little different and the Northerner in me comes out; I want comfort and calm.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner – quick dessert (if you are a cook/baker).

Noodle soup. I’ve always got a good miso and some veggies in my fridge so the basics are there if I’m in a hurry.

Q: If someone is throwing a cocktail party for the first time – what would you suggest about setting up a minimal bar and which cocktails are musts?

Firstly, keep it simple and think about what your guests will like. 

Stirred cocktails will require less time and allow you to cover a selection of different flavor profiles. If you know that your guests enjoy Martinis, for example, it would be simple for you to offer a personalized Martini menu offering the different styles of this drink: vodka or gin (and possibly options of both, which I share in the book (p. 42-45)) and either a dry, wet or dirty martini, as well as garnishes. Throw a Gimlet into the mix too, that way if one of your guests would like a lighter and slightly sweeter drink, you can make it happen. 

Q: Tell us about this cookbook or any future projects you are working on?

‘The Cocktail Cabinet: The art, science and pleasure of mixing the perfect drink’ has all my attention at the moment. It was a year of writing and then bringing it to life with the photography and bursts of color through the illustrations – it took a lot of time and teamwork. I’m so happy to have it released and to be sharing it now, especially in time for the festive season. There are more book ideas that I hope to work on in 2023 as well as a few bar openings I’ll be involved in, all exciting stuff!

You can follow Zoe on Instagram at @atelier_pip

Special thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

What is your favorite cocktail?

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  • ravensfan  on  November 21, 2022


  • mdcbakers  on  November 21, 2022


  • oduong930  on  November 21, 2022


  • dataentrytard  on  November 22, 2022

    I like Manhattan with ice and garnished with cherry.

  • JRumi  on  November 22, 2022

    Gin and tonic

  • hillsboroks  on  November 22, 2022

    Gin and tonic.

  • rkosully  on  November 22, 2022

    My favorite cocktail is an espresso martini.

  • kmn4  on  November 22, 2022

    Guava margarita

  • vickster  on  November 22, 2022


  • cdfagg  on  November 22, 2022

    IF I had to choose it would be some version of an old-fashioned.

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  November 23, 2022

    Any champagne cocktail is my favorite cocktail!

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  November 23, 2022

    Jameson & Ginger

  • edyenicole  on  November 23, 2022

    vodka soda

  • virjeania  on  November 23, 2022


  • maggz19671  on  November 23, 2022

    Cosmopolitan or g&t

  • demomcook  on  November 23, 2022


  • winreaux  on  November 23, 2022


  • lucymajor94  on  November 24, 2022

    A pornstar martini

  • wildchild  on  November 24, 2022

    A St Clements

  • LaurenE  on  November 24, 2022

    dirty vodka martini

  • reader1trees  on  November 25, 2022

    White Lady with double the amount of lemon juice.

  • Skorpyoh  on  November 26, 2022

    Gin and Tonic

  • ceejayen  on  November 26, 2022

    a martini gin mix

  • sarahawker  on  November 27, 2022

    Moscow Mule

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  November 28, 2022

    My favorite drink changes based on mood and the weather outside. It can range from a chocolate martini, bloody mary (not from a mix), raspberry vodka and lemonade to a chai tea latte spiked with vanilla vodka.

  • teamkies  on  November 29, 2022


  • kaityblueeyes  on  November 29, 2022

    Love an old fashion with rye

  • Grumshroom  on  November 29, 2022

    gin martini

  • NaomiH  on  November 29, 2022

    Whiskey Sour

  • TBipp  on  November 30, 2022


  • Kazza2611  on  December 2, 2022

    This would be great for Christmas!!

  • Kazza2611  on  December 2, 2022

    Black Russian

  • dorottyax  on  December 2, 2022

    Currently – a negroni sbagliato

  • cljones  on  December 2, 2022

    New favourite cocktail is Rhubard Mint Fizz made with rhubarb syrup

  • michelle666  on  December 3, 2022


  • Maryd8822  on  December 4, 2022


  • JayMay  on  December 5, 2022


  • Vanderjane  on  December 5, 2022

    The Negroni!

  • Amypie  on  December 5, 2022


  • Debbieja  on  December 6, 2022

    Love a Daiquiri! 🤗

  • babiafi  on  December 8, 2022


  • calguire  on  December 8, 2022


  • maci234  on  December 9, 2022


  • Plumbobmummy  on  December 9, 2022


  • Lilli_  on  December 9, 2022

    rum & coke

  • Emmormous  on  December 10, 2022

    Gin and tonic

  • janv  on  December 10, 2022

    shaken marg

  • Siegal  on  December 10, 2022

    Cuba libre

  • lulu533  on  December 11, 2022


  • betsyradelow  on  December 13, 2022

    champagne cocktail

  • Shelley.b  on  December 13, 2022

    esspresso martini

  • trudys_person  on  December 14, 2022

    I love a Negroni, or anything involving Campari – Americano, etc. Thank you!

  • redcurrant  on  December 15, 2022

    Amaretto sour

  • Sand9  on  December 16, 2022

    Like a Blue Lagoon x

  • clairew137  on  December 18, 2022

    espresso martini

  • maria411  on  December 18, 2022

    anything with Gin in it

  • SPea  on  December 20, 2022

    I like a Margarita cocktail, sharp, sweet and salty all at once!

  • galeforcewind  on  December 20, 2022

    I was so excited about this post because it features a champagne cocktail, my favorite, as it introduced me to the artisan cocktail world. I saw it ordered in Casablanca, the movie, so I knew it had to be a standard recipe, yet everywhere I went to order it would ask me what I meant. I eventually ordered it at a craft bar, received a drink without questions, and got a little education on the history of the drink. I’ve been hooked on good cocktails (and quality bartenders) since then!

  • Dendav  on  December 21, 2022

    Pina colada

  • jimmybearlondon  on  December 21, 2022


  • vinochic  on  December 22, 2022

    My husbands twist on the Paloma (which includes fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice and homemade cardomom infused simple syrup.

  • vdealmeida  on  December 23, 2022

    Any Manhattan! Variations to spice it up are always a hit.

  • prettypistol  on  December 24, 2022


  • bopper  on  December 25, 2022

    a Mojito

  • dzm  on  December 26, 2022

    gin and tonic

  • JamieLiz  on  December 26, 2022

    My favorite cocktail? a good Old-Fashioned

  • agreaves19  on  December 26, 2022


  • emi10383  on  December 26, 2022

    Gin and Tonic

  • krnries  on  December 27, 2022

    I do love a Pornstar Martini 🙂

  • Isis1981uk  on  December 29, 2022

    I love Sex on the Beach

  • Pizzacat13  on  December 29, 2022

    The French 75 or any variation on a champagne cocktail, really.

  • Charlieemma  on  December 29, 2022

    I love a negroni

  • RickPearson54  on  December 29, 2022


  • robyn297  on  December 29, 2022

    Passionfruit martini

  • sgreiff  on  December 30, 2022

    Long Island iced tea

  • paulbing  on  December 30, 2022

    White Russian

  • dkazmercyk  on  December 30, 2022

    Can’t wait to see this book!

  • silversand  on  December 30, 2022

    Dry Martini

  • t.t  on  December 30, 2022

    I’m more of a mocktail person, but my husband likes Old Fashioneds

  • dhiza  on  December 30, 2022

    I’d make the Sweet Manhattan as that is one of my go to cocktails.

  • Emmamaryd  on  December 31, 2022


  • lisaa69  on  December 31, 2022

    espresso martini

  • Hekna  on  December 31, 2022

    I’m not a fan of sweet cocktails, so tend to opt for something either citrus or whisky based. Though I am partial to an espresso martini.

  • sheridarby  on  December 31, 2022


  • Lesevans6  on  January 1, 2023


  • LeahT50  on  January 1, 2023

    A Negroni.

  • GrooveHeart  on  January 1, 2023


  • zeeenie  on  January 1, 2023


  • mumliz  on  January 1, 2023

    Gin and tonic

  • elisabeta  on  January 1, 2023

    espresso martini

  • Bloomingfox  on  January 1, 2023

    Sex on the Beach

  • AlyC  on  January 1, 2023

    An Espresso Martini

  • humptybren  on  January 1, 2023


  • vdkcjart  on  January 1, 2023

    Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail

  • rbj281  on  January 1, 2023

    Espresso Martini!

  • ccoyle28  on  January 1, 2023

    Pornstar martini

  • grumpygraham  on  January 1, 2023

    Gin and Tonic

  • hammygav03  on  January 1, 2023

    espresso martini

  • nocona  on  January 1, 2023

    I love a bramble!

  • angiejackson  on  January 1, 2023

    my fave cocktail is a pornstar martini

  • Carolyn99  on  January 1, 2023


  • nicolej922  on  January 1, 2023


  • am167krp  on  January 1, 2023


  • millyvanilli3  on  January 1, 2023

    pornstar martini

  • dorawhitetail  on  January 1, 2023

    Gin and tonic

  • DimensionAEB  on  January 1, 2023

    Long Island Ice Tea

  • natrent87  on  January 1, 2023

    Gin and tonic

  • ickle0ne  on  January 1, 2023

    Raspberry gin fizz

  • ClaireHamilton  on  January 1, 2023

    A Negroni

  • PatBarrett  on  January 1, 2023


  • lilmiztam22  on  January 1, 2023

    espresso martini

  • misty33  on  January 1, 2023

    Non alcoholic ones, mocktails

  • Twiddle  on  January 1, 2023

    I love a porn star martini

  • sayeater  on  January 5, 2023

    Gin and tonic (guess I don’t really need a recipe for that one!)

  • skvalentine  on  January 5, 2023

    I love a great G&T. There are so many fun variations!

  • Tlmouse  on  January 6, 2023

    I have been favoring a good Old Fashioned lately!

  • Ingridemery  on  January 7, 2023

    I love a great margarita and also the boulevardier

  • Roofle  on  January 9, 2023

    Whisky Sour

  • klrclark  on  January 9, 2023

    Old Fashioned

  • Lora724  on  January 9, 2023

    I like a mocktail of a Moscow Mule.

  • angelanorr  on  January 11, 2023


  • tarae1204  on  January 13, 2023

    I’m very partial to Old Fashioneds.

  • EmilyR  on  January 13, 2023

    anything with Italicus

  • ceroooss  on  January 14, 2023


  • portkey  on  January 14, 2023

    Raspberry Collins

  • Jammyegg  on  January 14, 2023

    Vodka Tonic

  • milly_matthews  on  January 15, 2023


  • jluvs2bake  on  January 18, 2023

    Gin and tonic, single in a double glass, with extra, extra lime

  • Cookingfun  on  January 20, 2023

    Ward 8

  • sarahteertzah  on  January 20, 2023

    Kentucky mule

  • Micklin  on  January 20, 2023

    dirty vodka martini…extra dirty!

  • LisaB56  on  January 20, 2023

    My favorite Cocktail is an Old Fashioned!

  • Pamyoungvb  on  January 21, 2023

    Manhattan- Have never tried one with maraschino liqueur.

  • jigglesfrog  on  January 21, 2023


  • fbrunetti  on  January 24, 2023


  • paddlebro  on  January 24, 2023

    Gin & Tonic

  • kalina813  on  January 26, 2023

    I’m currently a fan of the Manhattan or a mezcal based margarita

  • hypothermia  on  January 28, 2023

    Dark and stormy

  • RSW  on  January 29, 2023


  • cellenly  on  January 29, 2023

    gin & tonic

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