Perhaps you’ve noticed that cocktail prices can be somewhat outrageous and don’t exactly coincide with your resolution to save more money. Never fear! We’ve got you covered with ten fantastic cocktail books to make your own at home—and even impress your friends with your newfound bartending skills.
From the bar Death & Co., comes their own cocktail book complete with over 500 recipes. The establishment has won awards such as America’s Best Cocktail Bar and Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail convention, so it’s fitting that they now have a spectacular cocktail recipe book.
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle
Kind of the perfect book for literature and drink lovers alike, it pairs commentary on some of the most famous stories with cocktail recipes. From drinks like The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita—this book is sure to delight the cocktail lover and book enthusiast in you.
Shake by Eric Prum and Josh Williams
With its motto that all cocktails should be “simple, social, and fun”, this book definitely offers all three of those things. With wonderful photos of ingredients and drinks alike, plus numerous simple recipes that are easy to make, this book is sure to delight.
Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons
Focusing on the heritage of the cocktail, Parsons’s book seeks to acknowledge a big part of that: bitters. The bitters enthusiast takes us on a journey from its early days as “snake oil”, to near extinction during Prohibition, to being a beloved and somewhat over-obsessed ingredient in the contemporary bar scene. Oh, and there are over seventy recipes to choose from!
Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold
Recently released in November, New York City’s “high-tech” bar Booker & Dax takes you into the lab and investigate ways to enhance your cocktail. There are more practical tips for drink enthusiasts—like preparing drinks by the pitcher, making homemade sodas, and building a bar in your own home. But for the people wanting to push the boundaries of cocktails, there are chapters on liquid nitrogen and using a centrifuge.
The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
The technique driven cocktail book applies a different skill-set to each drink. Concepts explored in the text include juicing, garnishing, carbonating, stirring, and shaking. With stunning photographs and a real “how-to” feel, this book will have you well on your way to becoming your own personal bartender.
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
Stewart’s book explores how all of the liquor we love today came from plants. When you think about it, she has a point: scotch is from barley, rum is from sugarcane, and bourdon is from corn. She combines biology and mixology to give readers over fifty drink recipes and even growing tips for gardeners.
The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan
This old standby makes our list for its comprehensive history of cocktails and bartending, plus over 350 recipes. Mixologist Gary Regan really does offer helpful steps to mixing cocktails the right way.
The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan
PDT (or Please Don’t Tell)—the hidden speakeasy in NYC that is only accessible by a phone booth—mixmaster Jim Meehan provides readers with 304 amazing cocktail recipes, plus behind the scenes secrets. From the design of the secret bar, to his special tools and equipment, this cocktail recipe book offers both mystery and delicious drinks.
The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff
One of the founders of Milk & Honey, London—a social club—and known to some as the Da Vinci of drinks, the Elvis Presley of bartenders, and the King of Cocktails, Dale DeGroff has put together a stunning cocktail book with hundreds of recipes to choose from.