Cocktail Codex Promotion

Cocktail Codex: Origins, Fundamentals, Formulas by Alex Day, David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald, authors of the best-selling and genre-defining cocktail book Death & Co, is a comprehensive primer on the craft of mixing drinks that employs the authors’ unique “cocktail families” approach to give drink-makers of every level the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails. The owners of the Death & Co. Cocktail Bars in New York and Denver confess that there are really only six cocktails. What? Yes, these liquor aficionados reveal their simple formula of “cocktail families,” six easily identifiable templates that encompass all cocktails. Their secret is out and once you understand the intricacies of each family, you’ll know:
  • 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,
  • what sorts of drinks you should turn to or invent if you want to try something new.
Confession time: I am not a cocktail girl. It is not that I don’t enjoy them I do but I’d rather chew my calories. But this book blew me away for many reasons:
  • stunning, modern photography
  • explicit instructions dedicated to each minute detail such as “how to shake with 1-inch ice cubes” 
  • root recipes, core recipes, classic recipes, variations 
  • helpful guides such as “common citrus fruits and their cocktail applications”
  • glassware suggestions, bottle recommendations 
  • special clarifications for certain ingredients such as kieselsol or agar
  • and many, many other reasons
Our  takes you inside this beautiful title and features the following 

I am so mesmerized by this book that I have the Death & Co. original cookbook on my wish list. I’m told that the debut title is more complicated with many sub-recipes but the photography looks stunning. If it is half as beautiful as this book, I will be pleased (or should I say I will drink to that?). I’ve decided it’s time to go on a liquid diet. Bottoms up.

Special thanks to Ten Speed Press for sharing the materials needed for our EYBD Preview and for providing one copy of this book in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering one copy of this book to EYB Members in the US & Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option – the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 18th, 2019.

Excerpt for our EYBD Preview used with permission of Ten Speed Press. Taken from Cocktail Codex by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald and David Kaplan. Photographs by Dylan James Ho and Jeni Afuso. Illustrations by Tim Tomkinson ®2019

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  • riley  on  March 25, 2019

    Dark and Stormy

  • sarahawker  on  March 25, 2019


  • SheilaS  on  March 25, 2019

    That Snowbird sounds good to me!

  • Aprils01  on  March 25, 2019

    Champagne cocktail

  • kmn4  on  March 25, 2019

    Beam me up biscotti

  • Auxilia  on  March 25, 2019

    The Campfire!

  • Kristjudy  on  March 25, 2019

    Champagne cocktail

  • mkthomson  on  March 25, 2019

    Champagne cocktail

  • JenjiRM  on  March 25, 2019

    Snowbird for sure!

  • vinochic  on  March 25, 2019

    Brown Derby

  • Zephyrness  on  March 25, 2019

    classic monkey gland, please

  • hirsheys  on  March 26, 2019

    Improved whiskey cocktail

  • popoff  on  March 26, 2019

    Dave Fernie’s old-fashioned

  • jezpurr  on  March 26, 2019

    Coffee-infused Kalani coconut liqueur!!!^_^

  • Cookingfun  on  March 27, 2019

    Ti' punch, a favorite !

  • sipa  on  March 27, 2019


  • htomren  on  March 27, 2019

    Heat Miser

  • RickPearson54  on  March 28, 2019

    The Campfire

  • Elve56  on  March 28, 2019

    Mint julep, I love the idea of bourbon and mint together. I have so much fresh mint and I don't enjoy the rum in a mojito.

  • jennifersbrown  on  March 28, 2019

    The Heat miser sounds so interesting!

  • ninkasi13  on  March 28, 2019

    Beach Bonfire! We have pineapple gum syrup and would love a recipe to finally use it!

  • ktwalla  on  March 28, 2019

    Vermouth Cocktail

  • Zaira  on  March 29, 2019

    Hemingway Daiquiri

  • Pamyoungvb  on  March 29, 2019

    Snowbird. We live in Florida and usually have a welcome back party for our “snowbirds” in the fall. This would be fun.

  • Steben  on  March 30, 2019

    Improved whiskey cocktail

  • jpv  on  March 30, 2019

    Ned Ryerson with good old Canadian rye

  • ravensfan  on  March 30, 2019

    Our ideal old-fashioned

  • jmay42066  on  March 30, 2019

    Mint julep, Ky girl here!

  • Sfgordon  on  April 1, 2019

    Definitely the autumn old fashioned!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  April 2, 2019

    Fresh gimlet

  • banba1  on  April 3, 2019

    Our ideal old-fashioned

  • antpantsii  on  April 6, 2019

    Cold girl cocktail. I’m a sucker for Peaty scotch

  • debbiehb  on  April 7, 2019

    Night owl

  • Amandaspamanda  on  April 12, 2019

    The beach bonfire sounds amazing! I guess it's time to go shopping 🙂

  • BethPrice  on  April 13, 2019

    Fresh Gimlet

  • Avrlind  on  April 15, 2019

    Since I'm a beekeeper, I think I would try the bees knees. I might take the lemon out and substitute pomegranate syrup.

  • Jenamarie  on  April 21, 2019

    Cold girl fever

  • EmilyR  on  April 24, 2019

    Meyer lemon aperitif

  • jenmatt  on  April 24, 2019


  • kennethjohngilmour  on  April 27, 2019

    Bad Santa found on page 24

  • fbrunetti  on  April 28, 2019

    Dean Martin

  • katenolan  on  April 30, 2019

    Ned Ryerson!

  • auntietina  on  May 1, 2019

    Ned Ryerson. (I'm assuming this is from Groundhog Day, one of my favorite movies)

  • ella1912  on  May 2, 2019


  • amandacooks  on  May 3, 2019

    Pegu Club

  • TrishaCP  on  May 4, 2019

    Bad Santa

  • saregama  on  May 7, 2019


  • melspot  on  May 7, 2019

    I love a good Old Fashioned!!

  • Shelley.b  on  May 11, 2019

    Heat miser

  • edyenicole  on  May 12, 2019

    the campfire!

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