Real talk, this is the one cocktail book you should buy this year.
Formally known as Rouge Cocktails, this book first showed up a couple years ago with a very limited run. The philosophy behind the original was that there is a large minority of people that know that you stir a Manhattan, and there’s no point in endlessly re-hashing the fundamentals.
"Our idea," said Pazuniak, “was to write a book for a bartender that works at a well-stocked bar.” The recipes challenge bartenders to reconsider spirits and ingredients they already have on hand.
This was mildly influential and you began to see drinks from Rouge like the Angostura Sour or the Gun-shop Fizz show up on cocktail menus and RSS feeds.
Sadly, Rogue disappeared soon after it was first published/before I found out about it, and there’s been a long gestation period for the new version.
This is a very long way of saying this book is worth it. Get it now.
Also check out their site, Beta Cocktails.