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Death & Co

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, a book that has quickly become the definitive guide to the contemporary cocktail movement, made its debut in 2014. It includes chapters on the theory and philosophy of drink-making, a complete guide to the spirits, tools and other ingredients needed to make a great bar, and recipes for nearly 500 iconic drinks. Filled with beautiful, evocative photography, illustrative charts and infographics and colorful essays about the characters from inside the bar each night, Death & Co — like its namesake bar — is bold, elegant and continues to set the pace for mixologists enthusiasts around the world as one of the best-selling cocktail books of all time.

james beard foundation award for excellence

Cocktail Codex

A guide to crafting impeccable classic cocktails and creating original drinks, Cocktail Codex aims to change the way we perceive the art and process of creating the world’s best cocktails. Launched in October of 2018, and written by Alex Day, David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald and Devon Tarby, Cocktail Codex simplifies the complex cocktail universe, declaring that there are truly only six fundamental recipes at the root of them all: The Old-Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whisky Highball, and the Flip. By studying each of the six drinks, the reader can learn the mechanics of a particular style of cocktail and important lessons in technique and ingredients that elevate his or her cocktail game. From there, the reader can explore how the world’s most innovative bartenders use these simple ideas to create their own cocktails through tried and true tactics – a powerful and intuitive roadmap for anyone interested in creating their own unique drinks.

Written for cocktail enthusiasts of all experience levels, Cocktail Codex is a not only a beautiful addition to any coffee table, but has proved itself an indispensable reference for anyone who likes making cocktails and wants to know more about them. At the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards, Cocktail Codex took home the top prize of Book of the Year, making it the first-ever beverage book to win in the category. Shortly following the groundbreaking win, Cocktail Codex was also awarded Best New Cocktail Book at the 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

Death & Co Welcome Home

From our bars to yours. 

Our latest book, Welcome Home, invites readers behind the curtains at Death & Co to help you make better cocktails at home. Imagine you’re a rookie bartender and this is your handbook: Your training begins with a boot camp of sorts, where you follow the same path a Death & Co bartender would to discover your own palate and preferences, learn how to select ingredients, understand what makes a great cocktail work, and mix drinks like an old pro. We also share our collective knowledge on how to be a better host and home bartender, with strategies for setting up the ultimate home bar, tips for scaling drinks up to serve a crowd, and our favorite cocktail party tricks. More than 600 recipes anchor the book, including classics, low-ABV and nonalcoholic cocktails, and hundreds of signature creations developed by our teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Denver. 

With hundreds of evocative photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive, visually arresting manual is destined to break new ground in home bars across the world—and make your next get-together the invite of the year.