Every Cocktail Has a Twist: Master 25 Classic Drinks and Craft More Than 200 Variations (Paperback)

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Every Cocktail Has a Twist: Master 25 Classic Drinks and Craft More Than 200 Variations (Paperback)

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"Authors Carey Jones and John McCarthy are a cocktail world power couple." -- Bon Appetit


Shake up your cocktail routine with this easy-to-follow guide from the critically acclaimed authors of Be Your Own Bartender.


You love your favorite libations, but sometimes you want something different that you know you’ll like. Providing all the tools you need to create delicious new concoctions, this comprehensive collection reconfigures 25 timeless tipples, from Bloody Marys, Daiquirís, and Manhattans to Margaritas, Negronis, and Old-Fashioneds.


Whether you’re a new enthusiast or a seasoned expert, these original riffs will transform your go-to drinks. Featuring more than 200 recipes with numerous adaptations for different tastes and surprising flavor combinations, Every Cocktail Has a Twist also includes Mix and Match options for additional variations and batching instructions for gatherings, making the book even more useful. Remixing the classics has never been easier.



Carey Jones is the coauthor of Be Your Own Bartender. She also author Brooklyn Bartender and was managing editor of Serious Eats. She lives in Sonoma County, California.

John McCarthy is the coauthor of Be Your Own Bartender. A mixologist and also a spirits writer, he has appeared on Good Morning America, Today.com, and elsewhere. He lives in Sonoma County, California.

Product Details ISBN: 9781682687291
ISBN-10: 1682687295
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
 Whether boozy or refreshing, geeky or casual, high-effort or fast and dirty, Every Cocktail Has a Twist has a cocktail for every occasion and every mood. When it comes to home-bartending guides, there’s nobody I trust more than Carey Jones and John McCarthy.

— J. Kenji López-Alt, New York Times best-selling author of The Food Lab and The Wok

Carey Jones and John McCarthy are writers and mixologists after my own heart and palate. They are rigorous but entertaining, exacting and delightfully unfussy. They identify the classics, explore and explain them, then show how these classics can morph into seemingly infinite, often ingenious variations. This is my kind of book. Sidecar Toddy, anyone?
— Michael Ruhlman, James Beard- and IACP-award-winning author of The Book of Cocktail Ratios and more than 25 other books

Every question I have about classic cocktails is answered in this book. I don't have to go through 40 or 50 of the cocktail books on my shelf -- [this book has] done all the work for me.
— Steve Garner, "Good Food Hour," KSRO Sonoma County

 STARRED REVIEW Jones and McCarthy (Be Your Own Bartender) are back with their second book for behind the bar, focusing on building classic cocktails from the Bloody Mary to the gimlet. This married mixologist-and-writer duo take readers on a journey to develop their palates, their bars, and most importantly, the perfect drink. First, the book covers the basics: tools, glassware, and techniques (when to shake vs. stir; how to garnish and muddle to perfection). Then each standard cocktail is presented next to a breakdown of its spirits and history, along with a plethora of playful and flavorful variations. The writing is knowledgeable and comprehensive but not pretentious. The clearly labeled photography is vivid and will provide plenty of inspiration for creating a stunning cocktail. Beneficial tips, spirit-purchasing recommendations, and batching instructions are found throughout the book and bring added value. Readers will enjoy exploring the volume’s standards mixed drinks and then using the book’s other tools to create new flavor palettes. VERDICT: The perfectly crafted cocktail construction instruction provided in this book and way it teaches readers to riff on flavors will transform any home bartender into a mixologist, making this a sure-to-be-loved addition to entertaining and mixology shelves.

— Library Journal

A beautifully thoughtful, mindful cocktail book... Jones and McCarthy are a dynamic duo of highly lauded and trusted mixologists, and Every Cocktail Has A Twist is not merely a book, but a deep dive into a world of new flavor combinations. If you are the mixologist at your home bar, you'll want to hear their innovative ideas to take classic cocktails to a whole new level. ... A must-read.

— chef Jamie Gwen, KABC Los Angeles