The Book of Cocktail Ratios

As you may be aware, I’m a lady that loves a cocktail. That’s why when I had a chance to read an advance pdf of “The Book of Cocktail Ratios: The Surprising Simplicity of Classic Cocktails” by Michael Ruhlman I did a little happy dance. Spoiler alert, I liked it so much that I have a physical copy of the book next to me as I type this.

Ever since I saw Michael Ruhlman on Anthony Bourdain’s television shows, I’ve been fond of the foodie/writer. I picked up his first book “Elements of Cooking” (which I enjoyed), however, I hesitated to buy his next book, “Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking.” Cooking can be complicated enough without MATH. At the time of the release, I equated ratio with cooking math. After reading “The Book of Cocktail Ratios” I may have to reconsider my previous opinion.

So, what is “The Book of Cocktail Ratios?” Like many cocktail books, Ruhlman begins with what he calls “Practical Matters.” This is where you’ll find information about all those extra touches to being a home bartender: glassware, simple syrups, bar tools, bitters, and more. After that the author breaks down cocktails into 6 primary cocktails: the Manhattan, the Negroni, the Daiquiri, the Margarita, the Martini, and the Highball. By researching these cocktails and breaking them down to their key component parts, their ratios, if you will, you can make dozens of cocktails with basic swaps. For example, if you learn the basic Daiquiri, from there it’s easy to do the Gimlet, the Lemon Drop, the Whisky Sour, and more. And not to worry, Ruhlman includes a section for some miscellaneous cocktails, just in case you need to make a Mai Tai. Each cocktail comes with a bit of history, reflections from the author on his experiences with it, and some suggestions on brands.

“The Book of Cocktail Ratios” by Michael Ruhlman not only reignited my excitement for crafting cocktails but managed to get my gin Martini only drinking husband to go all in on Gimlets! This book is a fantastic resource for beginners, but still has a lot to offer us more experienced cocktailers.

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