They're pure escapism: short mixed drinks made to an exact recipe rather than poured in a haphazard fashion. (It's one of the reasons for their deceptively powerful kick.) And in a modern trend, they can also be non-alcoholic. Here are more than 70 simple recipes for great cocktail classics.
Mixed drinks can be both frivolous and fun, a quickly assembled transport from the mundane trappings of everyday life. Cocktails demonstrates the principle in high style, teaching basic bar techniques while also relating a handful of curious anecdotes. Divided by broad categories of distilled spirits, you'll find the lowdown on the Algonquin, the Zombie Prince, the Golden Daisy, and more. There are subsequent sections on wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic drinks as well.