Top 10 Cocktail Books

Home » Blog » Books » Top 10 Cocktail Books

Top 10 Cocktail Books

There are people who believe that you do not drink alcohol for the taste. But that is a rule probably set aside for alcoholics. There are a lot of tasty cocktail recipes that can give you a buzz ad also a treat to your taste buds. Cocktail making Is art and it requires a lot of precise measurement and mixing skills. That is exactly why bartending is a well-respected profession around the world. Bartending requires immense skill and attention to detail. Even if you are not a professional bartender, if you are someone who enjoys the occasional bourbon, it is important that you know at least a few good cocktail recipes. You will be covered while entertaining a bunch of guests or even enjoying it yourself. The art of the flavors complementing the taste of the alcohol can be easily mastered with the help of cocktail books. You can choose to follow recipes as they are or you can modify them yourself according to your personal taste. We have compiled a list of the top 10 cocktail books you can go through to make your own signature arsenal of cocktail recipes.

1. The Drunken Botanist

This one is a New York Times bestseller and has been a popular cocktail recipe book for years. It is the fusion of botany and alcohol. Well, not exactly, but you get the point. The book is written by Amy Stewart and she explains what flavors, herbs, and fruits compliment the various types of alcohol. The book also explains how different types of alcohol are made and goes into the detail of their manufacturing process. From gardening to distilling, the book covers all the aspects of popular spirits. The book gives you recipes to try out for yourself but also teaches you the science of mixing and hence encourages you to create your own recipes. So, it is not just a bland recipe book but it has everything from history to science. The writing style is also humorous and engaging and does not get monotonous at any point. No wonder it’s a best seller.

The Drunken Botanist

2. Imbibe

Imbibe is a book that focuses a lot on the history of spirit making and the different types of spirits. So if you enjoy listening to stories of how different alcohols are made, then this book is perfect for you. The book was first published first in 2007 and also received the prestigious James Beard Award for its amazing content. This book is basically known for giving you a good base before you go on reading more advanced cocktail books. It is basically the multiplication table for cocktail making. In order to make good cocktails, you have to know how the particular spirit is made and decide what flavors will complement it. This book helps you to do exactly that. It also goes into the history of alcohol making which is fun!

Imbibe

3. Cocktail Codex

Cocktail Codex is a relatively new addition to the cocktail book series and it is a coffee table book for cocktails. The book is written by Alex Day is very pleasing to look at. The book is perfect if you are just starting out learning about cocktails and the different kinds of spirits. The book includes step-by-step, detailed guides on how to make classic drinks like the Old Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whiskey Highball, and Flip. This book can even be used by experienced bartenders due to the attention to detail provided for every recipe. In fact, many bartenders add this book to their collection just because of how perfectly it is written. 

Cocktail Codex

4. Meehan’s Bartender Manual

Meehan’s Bartender Manual is basically one of the most ideal handbooks for bartenders. Even if you are an experienced bartender or a beginner, this book will definitely help you out a lot. Many budding entrepreneurs who plan to open bars refer to this book to make sure they have all the basics covered. The book is written by Jim Meehan, who is an experienced bartender, journalist, and proprietor. He is also the founder of the prestigious ‘Please Don’t Tell’ located in NYC. The book covers a wide range of topics from the various designs of bars and bar counters to the mixing of drinks and the planning of the building. If you are planning to start a bar, this book is a gold mine for you. Even if you are not planning to build a bar, and just want to mix up some drinks at home, the liquor section of this book contains a number of great recipes for you to try out and also includes detailed explanations on how different alcohols are made. All in all, this book gives you tremendous value for your money.

Meehan’s Bartender Manual

5. The Craft of the Cocktail

The classy, mysterious and highly aesthetic cover of this book itself is sure to grab your attention. The Craft of the Cocktail is a book that is totally dedicated to the beautiful art of making cocktails. The author, Dale DeGroff, is one of the most famous cocktail experts in the world and is often considered one of the pioneers in modern cocktail making. This book is a treasure chest of more than 500 amazing cocktail recipes that will tingle your taste buds in various different ways. If you are someone who just wants to learn as many recipes as you can or wants to pick out the best recipes among hundreds of recipes, then this book is for you. Although it might take you quite some time to find recipes that you like as there are so many. The book is amazing because it has a touch of the years of experience DeGroff has behind the bar. So you can be sure that all the recipes are top class and all the measurements precise. The book starts off with a brief segment about the history of cocktails and dives right into the good stuff.

The Craft of the Cocktail

6. The Aviary Cocktail Book

The Aviary cocktail book is probably the most aesthetic and beautiful book on this list. The book can be the perfect gift for someone because of its amazing cocktail recipes and also because of how beautiful it will look on a shelf. The book has mind-blowing attention to detail and covers all the important topics like the science and the procedure of processing liquor. The book has 440 pages which are crafted amazingly well and has a wide variety of techniques and recipes from experienced bartenders and cocktail experts. The book also has colorful, eye-catching photographs on each page which makes it a treat to even just flip through the pages. The book features a  number of recipes from the famous Aviary and Alinea. You will also be going through advice from the previous owner of the bar, all of which you can incorporate into your recipes. If you are looking for a good book for your shelf and to refer to the occasional recipe, then this should be your pick as it is not that advanced.

The Aviary Cocktail Book

7. The Savoy Cocktail Book

The Savoy is a famous London Hotel that opened its first bar in 1889. Since then, the bar has been known for its impeccable cocktails. This book features a lot of the recipes from this legendary bar. The Savoy Bar still ranks as number 5 in the top bars in the country and that makes this book an asset to have. You will be trying to recreate cocktails from legendary bartenders who have been in service for years. The book contains recipes for punches, fizzes, martinis, and even classic drinks. The book also contains full-page, beautiful illustrations that make it even better to read. This book will also be a great showcase piece while also providing you with a ton of recipes.

The Savoy Cocktail Book

8. Liquid Intelligence

This is hands down one of the most innovative and quirky cocktail books out there. The book is basically like a science journal but completely dedicated to cocktails. You will be able to learn how to measure out ingredients perfectly every time and also various other topics like temperature, carbonation, sugar concentration, etc. By diving into the science of making cocktails, the book helps you to create your own innovative recipes and also gives you a ton of different recipes to try out. The book is written by Dave Arnold of New York’s ‘Existing Conditions’ and he has been making cocktails all his life. This book is perfect for all kinds of drinkers.

Liquid Intelligence

9. I’m Just Here For The Drinks

I’m Just Here For the Drinks is essentially a bartender’s book. A lot of bartenders consider it as their most favorite handbook already even though it was released a few years ago. The book is written by the former owner of ‘Amory Amargo’, Sother Teague. The author provides everything a good bartender will need to know in his years behind the counter. The author was awarded the Wine enthusiasts Mixology of the year award in 2017. The book goes through a wide variety of recipes and conventional techniques in a simple manner. The book contains the recipes to make every popular drink and some quirky ones too. If you are a budding bartender, this book is going to give you a lot of really useful information. Plus, it is really fun to read!

I’m Just Here For The Drinks

10. The Infused Cocktail Handbook

The Infused Cocktail Handbook is the young money member in the list of the best cocktail books. The book has been released not long ago and is already really popular among bartenders and home cocktail makers alike. The book is written by Kurt Maitland and explores the tradition of infusing flavors into various drinks based on their taste and strength and texture. The pages are beautifully illustrated and you will learn to work with a wide variety of different spirits too. The book almost covers every flavor infusion possible and you can learn them all or pick your favorites and stick with them.

The Infused Cocktail Handbook

About the author

Indu has been educator since last 10 years. She can find all kind of scholarship opportunities in the USA and beyond. She also teach college courses online to help students become better. She is one of the very rare scholarship administrator and her work is amazing.