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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions Hardcover – Illustrated, 29 October 2018
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From the authors of the bestselling and genre-defining cocktail bookDeath & Co,Cocktail Codexis a comprehensive primer on the craft of mixing drinks that employs the authors' unique "root cocktails" approach to give drink-makers of every level the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails.
JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER .WINNER OF THE TALES OF THE COCKTAIL SPIRITED AWARD FOR BEST NEW COCKTAIL OR BARTENDING BOOK . NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"There are only six cocktails." So say Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, the visionaries behind the seminal craft cocktail bar Death & Co. InCocktail 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 encompassallcocktails- 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.
Praise for Cocktail Codex
"Learn the template, and any cocktail you can think of is within reach."-Food & Wine
"Too bad all college textbooks weren't this much fun."-Garden & Gun
"A must for amateur and pro mixologists alike."-Chicago Tribune
"If Dora the Explorer turned twenty-one, split herself into three people, and decided to write the Magna Carta of booze books, this would be the result. And, unlike every other book you'll read this year, Cocktail Codex is packed with actual knowledge you can use in the real world. Please, please, can Cinema Codex be next?"-Steven Soderbergh, filmmaker
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Replace the high-proof whiskey in an Old-Fashioned with a larger quantity of low-proof amontillado sherry, and swap muddled orange slices for the bitters, you have a Cobbler. Amontillado sherry is a fortified wine that gives the cocktail both body and acidity, making it a strong backbone for the drink. When muddled, the orange wheels add not only a touch of sweetness from the flesh, but also some seasoning from the bitter pith and the vibrant oils in the skin. This complexity is nicely counterbalanced by the levity and bright aroma of the fresh mint garnish.
When it comes to the garnish, don’t limit yourself to the orange wedge and mint called for here; an array of seasonal fruits is traditional, so play around with whatever fruits or herbs you have on hand. It’s become an inside joke among our bartender friends to make the most ludicrous, over garnished cobbler any time one of us requests one.
In a Collins glass, muddle the orange slice and syrup. Add the sherry and stir briefly. Top with crushed ice and stir a few times to chill the cocktail. Top with more crushed ice, packing the glass fully. Garnish with the orange wedge and mint bouquet and serve with a straw.
- 3 orange slices
- 1 teaspoon Cane Sugar Syrup
- 3½ ounces amontillado sherry
- Garnish: 1 orange half wheel and 1 mint bouquet
"Too bad all college textbooks weren't this much fun."--Garden & Gun
"A must for amateur and pro mixologists alike."--Chicago Tribune (Ten Best Cookbooks of the Year) "If Dora the Explorer turned twenty-one, split herself into three people, and decided to write the Magna Carta of booze books, this would be the result. And, unlike every other book you'll read this year, Cocktail Codex is packed with actual knowledge you can use in the real world. Please, please, can Cinema Codex be next?"--Steven Soderbergh, filmmaker "Alex, Dave, Nick, and Devon do an incredible job at teaching us the basic building blocks of modern cocktails. Their unique insight gives us the tools to master the classics and create new recipes. This book is a must for all young bartenders and veterans alike."--Leo Robitschek, Bar Director, The Nomad "Cocktail Codex gives the drink enthusiast a comprehensive, fun, and complete look into the fundamentals of cocktails and the illustrations, stories, and background information give the reader a look into the world of professional drink making at its best. I strongly recommend picking this book up and flipping through the pages with your favorite cocktail in hand."--Grant Achatz, Chef/Co-Owner Alinea, Next, the Aviary, the Office
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed; Illustrated edition (29 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 160774970X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607749707
- Dimensions : 24.13 x 3.56 x 25.65 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's unit of measurement is ounces as opposed to millilitres, centilitres or even the humble shot. This is a bit frustrating if all of your measuring tools are in these units and not ounces. The spirits that are referenced are American and yes, I suppose you can fanny about finding out the British counterpart. But i personally, could do without this hassle.
Then comes the cocktails themselves, which often contain bizarre and rare ingredients. I was well aware that there is a wide variety of spirits out there, together with many different types of mixers, bitters etc. But this book seems to specify every random ingredient going, you would have to spend hundreds if not thousands in order to make many of the cocktails.
I would also question the recipes too, which seem to be complicated just for the sake of it. For example, the book includes a Jack Rose, which if you follow the Difford's recipe, contains Calvados (singular). If you follow the Cocktail Codex recipe, you need to include TWO types of Apple Brandy. It feels a little pretentious to me to veer away from the classic recipe.
Then for me comes the biggest failing, I had wanted to own a book that tells me which flavours/spirits work well together and how to mix them. Its premise is that there are six base cocktails and all you need do is interchange all of the random ingredients they include. As a novice who wants to understand how to mix and create cocktails, this book isn't for me. I bought it based on a recommendation and wish I hadn't. I will be returning it and continue my search for a UK tome that guides me on how to create cocktails.
He loves this book, so much information about cocktails preparation. This book is just enough for perfect home bar.
Gives you inspiration and dip understanding of subject.
Indispensable resource for bartenders.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2021