New Book – The Flavour Thesaurus : Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook

By the Lady

Flavour Thesaurus

I have a secret to tell you. This isn’t a new book for me. I’ve had it for years. However, it may be new for you and that’s new enough for us all! I feel it is my duty to share this little gem with y’all, as it is not only useful for cocktail connoisseurs such as yourselves, but also perfect for the budding or full-blown professional chef.  Allow me to present to you The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit.

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This book is designed for those who have a particular ingredient, for example cherries, and are looking for a flavour to pair it with or even those who are looking to for an unusual or exciting flavour combination. The Gentleman uses it as his go to book whenever he’s experimenting with new cocktail syrups or cold brew coffees, tasty pairings such as cardamom coffee. Yum!

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The book is arranged into different sections which categorise the essence of that ingredient. Some examples of categories that would be useful to the cocktail connoisseur would be “Floral Fruity”, “Fresh Fruity”, “Citrussy” etcetera.  These sections make it much easier to search for flavours and you’re also sure to come across some unlikely and delightfully surprising pairings.


Aside from being a smart little kitchen and bar companion, The Flavour Thesaurus is absolutely gorgeous. The cover design and pages throughout are clean and stylishly timeless. The colour pairings work just as well as the flavour combinations do and is a well thought out extension of the book’s ethos. Additionally, similar to the old Russian and English classics my grandmother kept of her bookshelves with the gold trim along the pages, The Flavour Thesaurus has a sturdy and delightful cover accompanied by bright pink trim along the edges of the pages. To me, it feels like a nod to these classic novels, but with a modern approach. A modern kitchen classic with a bright and flavourful exterior to match the words within.

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The Flavour Thesaurus really is the perfect book for adventurous cooks and the cocktail extraordinaire who is stuck for inspiration or is feeling a little daring. I urge you all to go pick up your own copy. Not only will you be a master of modern mixology, but it’ll brighten up your life – and your bookshelf too!


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New Book- The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up

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.

The Architecture of the Cocktail

The Architecture of the Cocktail

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.

The Bronx Coctail

The Bronx Coctail

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