September 2011: The Colliseum in Rome. I saw this on a trip to Italy with Pallini Limoncello. Read about both here.
New Booze: Four new whiskies hit the market from The Glenfiddich, Orphan Barrel, Old Forrester, and Rogue Spirits.
June 2012: A handful of some of the herbs, dried citrus, and other ingredients used to flavor Noilly Prat vermouth. Learn more about the trip here.
These eight recently-released books cover cocktails, both new and historical, whiskey and where it comes from, brandy specifically and all spirits generally.
Each year for Details.com I write a gift guide of spirits to consider for holiday gifting or just winter drinking. This year's list includes 11 spirits and 1 book, nearly all of which came out in the later half of the year.
New cocktail books go beyond recipes into technique, philosophy, and now featuring their regular customers.