Hey, have you ever thought about making a cocktail book?
I've been asked this question hundreds of times over the last few years.
Not only is it happening, but I'm collaborating with one of the most prolific writers in food and drink in America, to do it (pinch me). I'm over the moon to share that I'll be working with James Beard award-winning author, Michael Ruhlman to create a book that's based on a concept he's long contemplated: a cocktail book of ratios, and it will be entirely illustrated in watercolor. Not only will this book have a really hand drawn feel to it, but it will expand upon making cocktails simply, in a way that Ruhlman does best- through distinguishing the main families of cocktails and then, showing variations within families.
The book will break down major classic cocktails into sections, show us the essential components of each, offering variations to the main cocktails that we know and love. In the Manhattan family, for example, you have the Rob Roy, and The Palmetto. These are just a couple of drinks in the Manhattan family that are variations, offering slight differences of one ingredient, enough to make an entirely new concoction efficiently explained through ratios.
Look forward to fun charts and infographics to demonstrate these points and a lot of vibrant illustrations to narrate each section of this book.
As a primer, I suggest checking out Ruhlman's Instagram where he regularly prepares his Friday night cocktails, a tradition he started recording during the beginning of the Pandemic in 2020.
And, to gain greater understanding of this ratio idea, check out his best selling book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking.
I’ll be sharing my illustration progress on Instagram, and, testing some of these ratios myself, of course!
Stay tuned, friends.