Cocktail Codex: Origins, Fundamentals, Formulas by Alex Day and David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald

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  • Southside

    • Jane on March 25, 2019

      I should have double strained this as the flecks of mint were not attractive. A refreshing drink with mint and lime.

  • Pegu Club cocktail

    • Jane on March 25, 2019

      This was a well balanced cocktail with sourness of lime, fruity sweetness of Cointreau and two types of bitters. One I will repeat.

  • Grasshopper

    • Baxter850 on May 15, 2020

      Too sweet for me, although I subbed Brizard creme de cacao. Add 1/2 oz heavy cream (and maybe 1/4 tsp Fernet with a pinch of salt).

  • Hemingway daiquiri

    • Baxter850 on April 11, 2020

      Great specs. A mashup of this and the Nomad specs are my go to Hemingway Daq specs.

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  • Eat Your Books

    Let's drink to Death & Company's Cocktail Codex, a revolutionary cocktail guide that sets itself apart from every cocktail book out there.

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  • ISBN 10 160774970X
  • ISBN 13 9781607749707
  • Published Oct 30 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

James Beard Award Winner - Cookbook of the Year 2019

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 "cocktail families" 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 says David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, and Alex Day, 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 "cocktail families," six easily identifiable (and memorizable!) templates that encompass all cocktails. 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.


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