From the authors of the Death and Co., a book that has become a must for cocktail lovers an enthusiast in recent years, comes another, slightly different but still fantastic book about the spirits we love and enjoy experimenting with. Cocktail Codex (Ten Speed, $40) at first glance seems like a book about six cocktails: the old-fashioned, martini, daiquiri, sidecar, whisky highball, and flip, but, it’s so much more. Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan realized that these are the six drinks that can be used as a template for everything else and that will guide you into your adventure of mixing drinks. Perfectly organized and cantered around the basic six, the book offers a more in-depth overview of everything you need to know: the difference between Gin and London dry Gin, between Whiskey, Scotch and Bourbon, bitters and garnishes, types of glasses and mixing tools, origins, fundamentals and formulas. Every chapter is accompanied with beautiful pictures that will make you want to organize a party for your friends just so you can show off your mixing skills. Just in time for the holidays, treat yourself or surprise an aspiring mixologist friend with this beautiful and useful gem.