Awards | Fortnum & Mason Award Winner!

Awards | Fortnum & Mason Award Winner!

CO Specs wins Best Debut Drink Book at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards.


CO Specs, by London author and cocktail industry veteran Cas Oh, has taken out the Debut Drink Book category of this year’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards.


Oh was awarded Fortnum & Mason’s golden seal at a reception at the Royal Exchange in London last night, Thursday 9th September 2021 in front of an audience of industry heavyweights and fellow nominees. The highly regarded panel of judges included Panel Chair Angela Hartnett of Murano, TV personality Miguel Barclay, food writer Rosie Birkett, and The Cocktail Lovers Magazine editor Sandrae Lawrence.


Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2021


Bound in gold hard back, CO Specs presents a comprehensive A-Z guide to the world’s most popular classic cocktails. Pairing two decades heading bars in London’s top establishments with years of rigorous research, Oh has hunted down original manuscripts and fables, collating them into one elegant book that Oh says is, “informed by history, balanced for now.”


“People want to know, “How do I make the best version of this classic cocktail?” CO Specs provides the answer. Presenting the direct sources and stories about each drink illuminates the pathway to the right specs and method that should be used to bring each classic to life.”
  • Cas Oh, author, CO Specs


The Fortnum & Mason Award is the latest in a slew of awards collected by Oh this year since independently publishing CO Specs in October of 2020. So far CO Specs has received a coveted Kirkus Star, a gold medal at the IPPY Awards (International Independent Publishers Awards) and two silver medals at the INDIES Book of the Year Awards to name just several.


“A sparkling handbook for bartenders and aficionados, full of intriguing information and literary charm.”
  • Kirkus Reviews


CO Specs is available in the UK via Fortnum & Mason and Amazon UK
See the full list of category winners at Fortnum's dedicated awards page, or head to Tatler for some more detail on how the night unfolded.

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