Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Architecture of the Cocktail

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review - Architecture of the Cocktail

Architecture of the Cocktail
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About the Book
Is it better for a martini to be shaken, not stirred? Does it matter which order you add the liquors to create a Long Island Iced Tea? How many ice cubes can you add to a Margarita without compromising the flavor? The perfect home begins with a blueprint and a dream, and your perfect cocktail should start the same way!

The new book Architecture of the Cocktail: Building the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up , reveals the answers to all your burning cocktail queries and more. Focusing on the precise measurements to help you craft the perfect cocktail as well as the recommended garnish and embellishments, you'll no longer have to guess what the perfect cocktail should taste like.

Illustrated with whimsical “blueprints” of each cocktail, the book features 75 different cocktails and recipes for both modern cocktails and classic favorites including:

  • Dirty Martini
  • Fox and Hounds
  • Old-Fashioned
  • Moscow Mule
  • Bloody Mary
  • Caipirinha
  • Manhattan
  • Stinger

Not sure which stemware is appropriate? Consult the mini guide on identifying the correct glass in the back of the book. Mix, shake, strain, or stir? An easy legend right up front provides symbols for each and more. Exact measurements and notes on precise procedure will help everybody from the novice bartender to the seasoned mixologist.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE COCKTAIL is a handy size for anybody’s wet bar and the perfect gift for every cocktail lover. Don't waste another minute on watered-down cocktails. Become a cocktail master with this beautifully illustrated guide

About the Authors
Amy Zavatto writes about wine, spirits, and food for Imbibe,, Details, Edible Manhattan, Wynn, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and many others. Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending, The Hedonist Guide to Eat NY, and co-author of The Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing with Tony DiDio, she holds an Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits from the WSET in London. Amy has given talks on wine and food pairing around the country, and has toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland to upstate New York. She lives, eats, and drinks in New York City.

Melissa Wood is an illustrator and architectural planner. Her client list includes Crate & Barrel, Trader Joe's, Neiman Marcus Direct, Nordstrom's, Kate's Paperie, John Grisham, George Lucas, a Hilton heiress, and Oprah Winfrey - just to name a few.

My Take on the Book
This was a great book that really made me want to be much more creative with the drinks that I have. While I had to go out to get some more supplies with this book, once I had them, I had a great time making many of the drinks in the book. The book was so easy to follow and I loved the illustrations of each of the drinks. One of my favorites was the Old-Fashioned as it reminded me of my days in Wisconsin and the great Old-Fashions that I had there. Outside of this I also tried a number of the others and they all were easy to make and tasted great. I am looking forward to trying more as the days go by!

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