"As with many of you, the pandemic spawned a new hobby for me—becoming my own bartender. Or maybe I enjoyed the movie Cocktail way too much and it subconsciously swayed me into the bartending world. I should note that I am very much a home enthusiast who was bummed about bars being shut down and wanted to treat myself to some well-crafted drinks. I'm not a professional—yet—so my opinions and recommendations are based solely on my at-home adventures (sometimes misadventures). I've fallen in love with the craft and artistry that comes with bartending, and I know that finding the right teachers to show you the way is a real trial. I'm here to help you on your cocktail crafting journey and offer up recommendations for some of the best cocktail books out there. From one home enthusiast to another, here's what I suggest." —Quinn

Drink Lightly: A Lighter Take on Serious Cocktails, with 100+ Recipes for Low- and No-Alcohol Drinks: A Cocktail Recipe Book By Natasha David, Alex Day (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Natasha David, Alex Day (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593232590
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 5th, 2022

Paddy Drinks: The World of Modern Irish Whiskey Cocktails By Jillian Vose, Jack McGarry, Sean Muldoon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358512868
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Published: Harvest - February 22nd, 2022

The Wine Bible, 3rd Edition By Karen MacNeil Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523510092
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 11th, 2022

World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World By Tim Webb, Stephen Beaumont Cover Image
ISBN: 9781784726270
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Published: Mitchell Beazley - November 2nd, 2021

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Meehan's Bartender Manual: [A Cocktail Reference and Recipe Book] By Jim Meehan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607748625
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 17th, 2017

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Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond By Ivy Mix Cover Image
By Ivy Mix
ISBN: 9780399582875
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Press - May 26th, 2020

Death & Co Welcome Home: [A Cocktail Recipe Book] By Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, David Kaplan, Devon Tarby (With), Tyson Buhler (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984858412
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 16th, 2021

The ultimate guide to choosing ingredients, developing your palate, mixing drinks, and leveling up your home cocktail game—with more than 600 recipes—from the bestselling team behind Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails and James Beard Book of the Year Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions.

Imagine you’re a rookie bartender and this is your handbook. Your training begins with a boot camp of sorts, where you follow the same path a Death & Co bartender would to discover your own palate and preferences, learn how to select ingredients, understand what makes a great cocktail work, and mix drinks like an old pro. Then it’s time to invite your friends over to show off the batched and ready-to-pour mixtures you stored in the freezer so you could enjoy your guests instead of making drinks all night.

Mocktails Made Me Do It: 60 Delightful Cocktails for the Mindful Drinker By Jassy Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524867775
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 4th, 2021

This book might make it harder to excuse bad behavior, but it’s proof positive that you don’t need spirits to concoct complex, refreshing, and absolutely delicious cocktails!

Watching your health? Shooting for dry January? Just want to try something new? There are plenty of reasons to pass on booze, but that doesn’t mean you need to skip the delicious drinks. Featuring 60 stylish, beautifully illustrated recipes, Mocktails Made Me Do It is just what mindful drinkers need to satisfy their senses with novel mocktails. From pomelo juniper and tonics to probiotic piña coladas, this book has tons of brilliant ideas for expecting mothers, for anyone wanting to make healthier choices, and for amateur mixologists looking to expand their repertoire.

Jazz Age Cocktails: History, Lore, and Recipes from America's Roaring Twenties By Cecelia Tichi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479810123
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Published: New York University Press - November 16th, 2021

How the Prohibition law of 1920 made alcohol, savored in secret, all the more delectable when the cocktail shaker was forced to go "underground"

From the author of Gilded Age Cocktails, this book takes a delightful new romp through the cocktail creations of the early twentieth century, transporting readers into the glitz and (illicit) glamour of the 1920s. Spirited and richly illustrated, Jazz Age Cocktails dazzles with tales of temptation and temperance, and features charming cocktail recipes from the time to be recreated and enjoyed.

Schumann's Whisk(e)y Lexicon By Stefan Gabányi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847867097
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Rizzoli - March 23rd, 2021

A completely updated new edition of the classic guide to the whiskeys of the world by the whiskey expert from Charles Schumann's famed Schumann's bar in Munich.

This critically acclaimed guide to whiskeys of all types is back in print with its comprehensive coverage of every conceivable whiskey in precise, detailed, easy to understand yet delightful to read descriptions. While specially designed for quick and easy reference, the book is tastefully produced and handsome in its own right—the perfect gift.

Little Book of Lager: A Guide to the World's Most Popular Style of Beer By Melissa Cole Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784883300
Published: Hardie Grant - May 19th, 2020

Lager. It's both the world's most loved and most maligned of beers, enjoyed by billions but often sneered at by beer aficionados. But lager is much more than just generic brands. The history of styles of lager around the world is a fascinating one, full of urban myth and legend.

In The Little Book of Lager, award-winning beer writer Melissa Cole takes you through a fun and informative romp around the world of lager and the surprising array of different styles. The book covers over 50 different lagers and takes you from the fun and frivolities of Oktoberfest to the recent rise in craft lager. Full of nuggets of trivia, fun facts, what to eat with each type and where to find them (or something that you'll enjoy equally), it's designed to reignite people's passion for an underrated beer style.

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Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason By Julia Bainbridge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984856340
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 6th, 2020

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon Appétit • Los Angeles Times • Wired • Esquire 

Blackberry-infused cold brew with almond milk and coconut cream. Smoky tea paired with tart cherry juice. A bittersweet, herbal take on the Pimm’s Cup. Writer Julia Bainbridge spent a summer driving across the U.S. going to bars, restaurants, and everything in between in pursuit of the question: Can you make an outstanding nonalcoholic drink? The answer came back emphatically: “Yes.”

With an extensive pantry section, tips for sourcing ingredients, and recipes curated from stellar bartenders around the country—including Verjus Spritz, Chicha Morada Agua Fresca, Salted Rosemary Paloma, and Tarragon Cider—Good Drinks shows that decadent brunch cocktails, afternoon refreshers, and evening digestifs can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

The Japanese Art Of The Cocktail By Masahiro Urushido, Michael Anstendig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358362029
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Published: Harvest - June 1st, 2021

The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making

Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft over several years behind the bar of award-winning eatery Saxon+Parole. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with eighty recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide. Urushido delves into what exactly constitutes the Japanese approach to cocktails, and demystifies the techniques that have been handed down over generations, all captured in stunning photography.  

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide By Madeline Puckette, Justin Hammack Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525533894
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Published: Avery - September 25th, 2018

The expanded wine guide from the creators of Wine Folly, packed with new information for devotees and newbies alike.

Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. Now in a new, expanded hardcover edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take his or her wine knowledge to the next level.

The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes By Julia Momosé, Emma Janzen (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593135372
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 9th, 2021

A rich, transportive guide to the world of Japanese cocktails from acclaimed bartender Julia Momosé of Kumiko.

With its studious devotion to tradition, craftsmanship, and hospitality, Japanese cocktail culture is an art form treated with reverence. In this essential guide, Japanese American bartender Julia Momosé of Kumiko and Kikkō in Chicago takes us on a journey into this realm. She educates and inspires while breaking down master techniques and delving into the soul of the culture: the traditions and philosophy, the tools and the spirits—and the complex layering of these elements that makes this approach so significant.
The recipes are inspired by the twenty-four micro-seasons that define the flow of life in Japan. Enter a world where the spiced woodsy cocktail called Autumn’s Jacket evokes the smoldering burn of smoking rice fields in fall, and where the Delicate Refusal tells the tale of spring’s tragic beauty, with tequila blanco and a flutter of sakura petals. Perfected classics like the Manhattan and Negroni, riffs on some of Japan’s most beloved cocktails like the Whisky Highball, and even alcohol-free drinks influenced by ingredients such as yuzu, matcha, and umé round out the collection.