Hi team, I just read an incredible book that was not only engaging and invigorating, but also represents the next step in the evolution of the cocktail craft. If you haven’t already, for god’s sake check out the book Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold. We’re talking about a nerd’s guide to making better cocktails, and it is packed with so much awesomeness it hurts.
Dave Arnold has taken a detailed, often overkilled scientific approach to analyzing how alchohol, sugars, acids and water (all key ingredients in cocktails) perform together in the various mixtures that make up our drinks. There’s an amazing chart that is like a map of middle earth for bartenders, a whole chapter on ice and an introduction to advanced Jedi techniques like rapid-infusing and fat-washing.
When someone puts in this much effort to catalog the arcana of mixology, you know that it has moved from a novelty to something that needs to be taken seriously. I’m not saying that Cocktail Sommeliers are around the corner or anything, but this new wave of science will help pave the way for a relatable cocktail knowledge base that is backed by method. True cocktail artisans can build from this with the confidence that they are actually engaged in a quantifiable craft that is every bit as complex and nuanced as haute cuisine. Well done and thank you Mr. Arnold!