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Death & Co's second book, "Cocktail Codex" [0], has a somewhat similar approach. The thrust of the book is that there are six root cocktails, and everything else is just a variation on them.

That book, and Death & Co's first book, "Modern Classic Cocktails" [1], are good reads for the person who is a fan of quality cocktails and wants to make something at home that's really good, and frequently better than what you get when you're dining out.

You will likely need to invest in some booze and stuff to be able to fully enjoy them, but just pick a drink a week, buy what you need, and pretty soon you'll have a collection that will allow you to make most of the things in the books.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Cocktail-Codex-Fundamentals-Formulas-...

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Death-Co-Modern-Classic-Cocktails/dp/...

I love Death & Co's first book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes having a cocktail after work or making them for parties this book will make you plenty of friends. Or basically anyone who likes digging into everything in a connoisseur/nerdy type of way.

Once you learn the foundational stuff of making cocktails (with a small investment in some gear and plenty on a variety of booze) it's surprisingly easy to make really good drinks. What I found interesting is how you intuitively starting learning some fundamental bases which you learn, where it becomes easy to make up your own drinks when you don't have access to the book's ingredient lists or you're at the liquor store without one in mind.

It's not just an endless list of popular cocktails recipes but structures it around bases which you build on. And it made me a big fan of gin (they almost entirely skip vodka, besides a few recipes, which I found interesting).

Learning how to make cocktails is underrated skillset IMO. At least compared to people knowing scotch or understanding good wines.

The first book is amazing for gin recipes. It also gave me a much greater appreciation for how different types of gin work in different cocktails. Their follow-up book, Cocktail Codex, includes a lot more recipes for drinks with vodka.

David Embury's 'The Fine Art Of Mixing Drinks' manages to derive everything from two roots - sour and aromatic! See chapter 6, 'Roll your own':


I think it's an oversimplification, but it's still useful advice. FWIW, this is by far the best book on cocktails i have ever read. Although i am going to buy a copy of 'Cocktail Codex', i think.

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