Transforming tropical drinks with powerful techniques from the modernist bar

Weaving together lessons from the craft cocktail revival, the history of the tropical canon, and today’s cutting-edge bar techniques, master mixologist Garret Richard and award-winning cocktail writer Ben Schaffer provide a unique handbook for the tropical cocktail’s next wave.

Clearly detailed are crucial techniques including how to balance syrups, flash blend, handle carbonation, tackle tinctures, cordialize citrus, and power up juice with acid adjusting. Over the course of 84 recipes, vintage cocktails like the Rum Barrel, Mai Tai, and Ray’s Mistake are reimagined just as future classics are revealed, including the Beachcomber Negroni, Winter in L.A., and Field of Mars. These drinks honor founding legends such as Donn Beach, Trader Vic, Mariano Licudine, and Harry Yee as well as modern icons, including Dale DeGroff, Audrey Saunders, Julie Reiner, Julio Bermejo, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, and Dave Arnold.

By equipping both home bartenders and professionals with the skills to forge their own paths to cocktail creativity, this groundbreaking compendium sets a new tropical standard.

With photographs by Nico Schinco and illustrations by Pearl Shen.

Countryman Press, an imprint of W. W. Norton. May 16, 2023. 288 pages with 58 illustrations.

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