Welcome 2015--ushered in with punch and the company of a few good friends. I got Ian "Death & Co." for Christmas, and in a bizarre twist on New Year's Resolutions we have decided to make every one of the 500 recipes therein. Just kidding. We would have to build a bigger bar. The "Evil Dead Punch" contained 4 different alcohols, not to mention the simple syrups/bitters/juices. Once we collected all the ingredients, it was surprisingly easy to mix and enjoy.
The book is a valuable reference and explains the ingredients instead of assuming you know your Bonal Gentian-Quina from a Cocchi Americano. I did substitute Bulleit rye (instead of infusing Old Overholt with chamomile) and made a perfectly drinkable La Dolce Vita (rye-St. Germaine-Campari). It made the IKEA furniture construction nearly painless and scored one for the "try new things" resolution.