Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions
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From the team behind one of the standard books of modern cocktail making, Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, comes this insightful guide to mixology fundamentals. There are, the authors assert, just six basic cocktails. Everything else is simply embroidery upon the canvases provided by the old-fashioned, martini, daiquiri, sidecar, whisky highball, and flip. Grasp how each of these six works—the proper mixing method, the right proportions, the glass that shows it at its best, and most important, what it sets out to offer a drinker—and you'll not only be able to pour one exactly right, you'll know what kind of flair you can bring to your own version. Throughout the book the authors provide instruction on further personalizing your cocktails through an array of syrups, infusions, and clarified juices, home carbonation techniques, and even the judicious use of smoke. And of course there are recommendations of particular spirits and mixers to help you get started.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.