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Drink Books Published in 2013 in Consideration for Gifting or Reading

I have a to-read backlog of more than 40 cocktails and spirits books in my house, and that's just the print ones.  So while I haven't read the majority of these books released in 2013 yet, I want to list them all together in case you want to buy something for yourself or a liquor fan by the end of the year.

Notable Cocktail and Spirits Books Published in 2013:

  • 6a00e553b3da2088340192aa8dcf0b970d-500wiThe Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks [link] [Alcademics review]
  • The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level [link]

  • American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit [link]
  • Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide [link]

  • Shake: A New Perspective On Cocktails [link]

  • Reasons Mommy Drinks [link]

  • diffordsguide Cocktails: The Bartender's Bible, 11th Edition [link]

  • Architecture of the Cocktail: Building the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up [link]
  • Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist's Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night [link]

  • Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist [link]

  • Cocktails for a Crowd: More than 40 Recipes for Making Popular Drinks in Party-Pleasing Batches [link]

  • Cocktail Culture: Recipes & Techniques from Behind the Bar [link]

  • The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes [link]

  • Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks [link]

  • Whiskey: Instant Expert [link]

  • Drink More Whiskey!: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink [link]

  • Aphrodisiacs with a Twist [link]

  • Shake 'Em Up!: A Practical Handbook of Polite Drinking [link]

  • Drinking with Men: A Memoir [link]

  • The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey [link]

  • Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today [link]
  • True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home [link]

  • Happy Hour at Home: Libations and Small Plates for Easy Get-Togethers [link]

  • The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail [link]

  • Sherry, Manzanilla, and Montilla [link]

  • Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage [link]

  • World's Best Ciders: Taste, Tradition, and Terroir [link]

  • The Deans of Drink [link]

  • Down the Hatch: One Man's One Year Odyssey Through Classic Cocktail Recipes and Lore [ebook] [link]

  • Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World's Most Lethal Drink [ebook] [link]
  • Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions [link]

  • Adult Milkshakes [link]

  • Planet of the Grapes Vol 3: Wine Cocktails (ebook) [link]
  • Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean [link]

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If you know of any I missed or want to promote your own, please do put them in the comments! 



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David J. Montgomery

Not satisfied with releasing one book this year, I did another:

Professor Cocktail's Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More
by David J. Montgomery

David J. Montgomery

Great list, by the way. I have several, ordered one, and added a few more to my wishlist.

Shaun Byrne

I have read your blog for quite a while now and read many books you have recommended, so thank you for that. I run a gin bar and have constructed in depth training sessions on the history of gin, which I can of course recommend.



T Costa

Shaken, stirred, and spirited: provocative cocktails created by provocative women. pür in spirit: an oral and visual history of spirited women is not your average cocktail book. A collection of recipes by, and photos of, female bartenders in the Bay Area. A grassroots publication by San Francisco based independent craft brand pür•spirits, with photography by Kelly Puleio and introduction by Virginia Miller.

Available free online and for download: http://issuu.com/purspirits/docs/pur_in_spirit


Here's one I don't see on your list that i thought was really well done: http://www.amazon.com/Kings-County-Distillery-Guide-Moonshining/dp/1419709909/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389044618&sr=1-1&keywords=urban+moonshining
It has a great overview of American whiskey brands and history, with extra detail about past distilling in NYC, well written and personalized.

Camper English


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