Preparing a first-class cocktail relies upon an understanding of its ingredients and the delicate alchemy of how they work together. Nobody understands this better than Tristan Stephenson—drinks industry consultant, bar owner, restaurateur, and author of best-selling drinks books. Here he offers his expert advice on the fundamentals of home mixology, from how to build a drink in a glass to preparing a variety of garnishes, and showcases his classic and modern cocktails. The origin of each drink is explained and the colorful historical characters who inspired or created them are introduced. You’ll find classics such as the Manhattan, Negroni and Martini, discover lesser known vintage gems including the Martinez and Aviation, as well as modern favorites the Espresso Martini and Mojito. Tristan’s own inspired twists on classics and ingenious new creations bring the art of cocktail making right up to the present day and beyond!