I may have been away from The Cocktail Challenge for a while but I have not been completely idle during that time. In the intervening months I have acquired a few more useful items, including this great book from Race Point Publishing titled The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up. The book is written by Amy Zavatto, who writes about wine, spirits and food for numerous websites, and drawn by Melissa Wood, with recipes and tips on how to build the perfect libation.
What really caught my eye with this book, apart from the fact it is about cocktails, is the unusual yet somewhat logical choice of using architectural blueprint style drawings to convey how to construct the perfect cocktail. Everyone knows mixing a good cocktail requires a lot of skill, otherwise you end up drinking a glass of rocket fuel, and for the amateur this means some solid directions on how to get there are essential.
The book breaks down the process of crafting a cocktail beautifully and I love the way they have crafted unique symbols for the different element in cocktail making, giving the book a style and character all its own.
With 75 recipes included the book covers most of your classic cocktails like the Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Zombie and Corpse Reviver. I’m particularly interested in making a Bronx cocktail. They say nothing soft comes out of the Bronx and this mix of gin, sweet and dry vermouth and orange juice promises to deliver a full on hit of carefully constructed refreshing flavour. The book is stylish addition to any home mixers library.