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Check Out These Cocktail Books

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Looking for some new cocktail recipes? Check out these new books full of delicious drink recipes. Whether you’re looking for something to impress your guests at your next party or just want some new ideas for your next cocktail hour, these books have you covered. From classic cocktails to creative new recipes, they’ve got it all. So get ready to mix up a storm!

  • Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
    • “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.
  • The Essential Bar Book for Home Mixologists: tools, Techniques, and Spirits to Master Cocktails by Amy Traynor
    • There is an art to crafting the perfect cocktail—balancing flavors, choosing the right glassware, even the garnish matters. This easy-to-use bar book will show you what you need to master mixology and create delicious libations from the comfort of your own home.
    • What sets this cocktail recipe book apart:
      • Bartending basics for beginners—This book breaks down the tools, ingredients, techniques, and other bar essentials you’ll need to stock your home bar and start making cocktails from scratch.
      • 70 creative recipes—You’ll find a wide selection of classic and contemporary cocktails to enjoy, each complete with the story of its creation and history.
      • Tailored for taste—Discover the ingredients to keep on hand to complement specific spirits such as gin, rum, whiskey, and more.
    • Stir up your beverage options with the old favorites and modern mixes found in this introductory cocktails recipe book.
  • The Home Bartender: 175+ Cocktails Made with 4 Ingredients or Less by Shane Carley
    • Have you ever wanted to make great tasting drinks at home, but didn’t know where to start? This revised and expanded edition of Shane Carley’s popular Home Bartender answers all of your questions and shows you that there is no need for an expensive and extensive home liquor cabinet. A few quality ingredients, along with his carefully selected collection of recipes, are all you need! This guide to making mixed drinks at home in seconds includes: 
      • Over 175 recipes, including 50 new recipes, and some non-alcoholic beverages
      • Bar Tools help you discover all of the must-haves to being a successful home bartender
      • Drink recommendations for every occasion
      • Terminology to help you better understand what you are working with 
      • Helpful resources guide you to the perfect places to find all the tools you need for your at-home bar
    • Build a bar that is sure to impress your guests!
    • Shane Carley was born in New Hampshire, and, after almost a decade in Washington, DC, he has triumphantly returned to the beautiful Granite State. A longtime aficionado of all types of alcohol, Shane jumped at the opportunity to launch a series of cocktail companion books. His love of the written word transcends formal publication, and he currently works as a content developer for award-winning PR agency Matter Communications. Shane is a science fiction enthusiast who hopes someday to make the jump into fiction writing. He once met Warren Ellis and it was the greatest moment of his life.
  • Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald
    • Death & Co is the most important, influential, and oft-imitated bar to emerge from the contemporary craft cocktail movement. Since its opening in 2006, Death & Co has been a must-visit destination for serious drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts, and the winner of every major industry award—including America’s Best Cocktail Bar and Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail convention. Boasting a supremely talented and creative bar staff—the best in the industry—Death & Co is also the birthplace of some of the modern era’s most iconic drinks, such as the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned, Naked and Famous, and the Conference. 
    • Destined to become a definitive reference on craft cocktails, Death & Co features more than 500 of the bar’s most innovative and sought-after cocktails. But more than just a collection of recipes, Death & Co is also a complete cocktail education, with information on the theory and philosophy of drink making, a complete guide to buying and using spirits, and step-by-step instructions for mastering key bartending techniques. Filled with beautiful, evocative photography; illustrative charts and infographics; and colorful essays about the characters who fill the bar each night; Death & Co—like its namesake bar—is bold, elegant, and setting the pace for mixologists around the world.

If you are looking for some new cocktail recipes to try out or want to brush up on your bartending skills, then these books are a great place to start. Not only do they include delicious drink recipes, but they also provide information on the history and origins of cocktails as well as tips on how to make them. So what are you waiting for? Pick up one of these books today and get mixing!

***All book summaries courtesy of Amazon

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