Death & Co, Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day is an inspiring go-to reference book on craft cocktails.
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Before Cocktail Codex, David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day published Death & Co Modern Classic Cocktails, a book compiling their best hits from their highly-awarded bar in New York, one of the most influential cocktail bars to emerge from the contemporary craft cocktail movement.
The book not only pays homage to the bar but to its people and regulars; the latter are featured in entertaining narrative sections throughout the book under “The Regulars”.
The information and recipes are presented in an easy to follow approach, organised by spirit eg tequila, then by the style of drink, eg shaken or stirred. This methodology makes it a breeze for anyone contemplating making drinks, be it a home bartender or seasoned professional to find a suitable cocktail recipe depending on what they feel like.
Like most cocktail books, there is a comprehensive guide to building a bar, techniques, barware, glassware, spirits. The book also contains a useful section with four strategies for creating drinks that bartenders and home drink makers can find inspiring. Those seeking DIY cocktail projects can look forward to a section on infusions, making sweeteners, rimming combination and batching.
With specs for nearly 500 drinks, the Classic and Vintage cocktails section paves the way to the comprehensive collection of cocktail recipes where each drink is attributed to the bartender who created it along with the year it was created. Often there is also a brief introduction to how the bartender came up with the drink, or a story behind the name of the cocktail.
Death & Co Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Alex Day is an informative book to own, be it for bartenders or drink enthusiasts and an inspiring go-to reference book on craft cocktails.
The book is available in hard cover from Amazon here.