We've been obsessed with cocktails for a long time. We go out to craft cocktail bars, we make cocktails at home, and of course we throw cocktail parties for our friends. One of the biggest questions we get from our friends is,
"How can I make a great cocktail at home?"
Of course, there are plenty of amazing cocktail books out there already, and in the past we've recommended a variety of them to our friends when we're asked this question. But we've also found that many of the existing books don't work well for the novice that is just getting started.
We spent more than a year testing recipes and instructions with friends, all to put together a book that we think clearly and simply describes the basics of making a great cocktail.
We chose just 20 recipes, most of which are classics, but collectively demonstrate a broad cross-section of the world of cocktails. We introduce cocktail making technique progressively through each recipe, so readers don't have to read through a bunch of text before starting to make a drink. We also expose readers to basic cocktail theory through the recipes. For example, many people don't realize that sweetness can be countered with acidity, so if you accidentally put too much sugar in your cocktail, you can easily fix it by adding some lemon juice.
The book is as beautiful as it is functional. Each cocktail is accompanied by a full page high quality photograph. It's a book that looks as good lying on a coffee table in your living room as it will it in the kitchen or on your home bar.