Alex Day, bartender-turned-owner at notable cocktail bar Death & Co, is the co-author of Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions, winner of 2019's James Beard Foundation Book of the Year.
With the crop top, a refreshing descendent of the sidecar, discover amaro and learn to adjust the ratio of your base spirit to balance out higher-proof liqueurs.
Explore the complex side of sour cocktails with the cognac-based sidecar, and learn to work with liqueurs. From there, you can branch out to making margaritas, cosmos, and more.
Take a walk on the richer side of cocktails with the foamy flip and get introduced to the wide world of decadent egg- and dairy-based drinks.
Begin your education with the one that started it all: the old fashioned. Using these lessons, you'll build a foundation for thousands of derivative drinks including the julep, toddy, and cobbler.
The toddy (a hot-water variant of the old fashioned) is a favorite cure-all. Cuddle up with a new version of the winter classic using your own brandy-chamomile infusion and honey syrup.
The bamboo, the first of Alex's spin-off recipes, is the result of swapping out gin for dry sherry and mixing two styles of vermouths for a martini variant with a low alcohol content.
See how little changes and garnish choices make a big impact on your drink. Make a perfect (and beautiful) martini, and you'll be ready to tackle other favorites like the Manhattan or Negroni.
With the daiquiri, you'll open the door to the world of sour-style cocktails. Explore the importance of citrus in mixology, learn about rum, and learn how (and why) to use that shaker.
A seemingly simple cocktail—little more than whisky, seltzer, and ice—the highball is a case study in technique for the spirit-and-mixer genre of drinks like the Americano, Paloma, and spritz.