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Almost All the Cocktail and Spirits Books Published in 2017 for Reading or Gifting

Behold! Here is my round-up of all the cocktails and spirits books (plus a few others) that were released in 2017. This year, beyond the annual deluge of whisky books, there are books aping the bartender lifestyle (Drink Like a Bartender, Straight Up), more narrative books (I Hear She's a Real Bitch, By the Smoke and the Smell), and recipe books seeking to simplify the process (3 Ingredient Cocktails, The Imbible, Road Soda) rather than reveal the secrets of complex drinks from top bars.

All in all, another great year for reading about drinking. 

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Best Cocktail Books 2017



Cocktail/Bartender Lifestyle Books 

6a00e553b3da20883401bb09d333e2970d-200wiThe Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the Wide World of Booze by Jeff Cioletti 

Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World's Most Spirited Mousers by Brad Thomas Parsons

The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes by Vanessa Dina, Ashley Rose Conway

The Bar Cart Bible: Everything You Need to Stock Your Home Bar and Make Delicious Classic Cocktails

Drink Like a Bartender  by Thea Engst and Lauren Vigdor 

The Cocktail Competition Handbook by Andy Ives

Straight Up: Where to drink & what to drink on every continent  by Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley

Meehan's Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan 


History Books

6a00e553b3da20883401b8d2afccb8970c-200wiMuskets and Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers, and the Civil War by Mark Will-Weber 

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.: Bars And Saloons, Taverns And Random Drink Stories (Volume 1)  by Brian F. Rea 

Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft  by Shanna Farrell

Bumbershoots: Abridged by Dominic C Pennock




Single Cocktail Books

The Bloody Mary Book: Reinventing a Classic Cocktail by Ellen Brown 

The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond  by Brian Bartels 

Gin Tonica: 40 recipes for Spanish-style gin and tonic cocktails by David T Smith 


Whiskey and Whisky Books

6a00e553b3da20883401b7c925786b970b-200wiMoonshine Mixology: 60 Recipes for Flavoring Spirits & Making Cocktails by Cory Straub 

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom 

The Bourbon Bartender: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the American Spirit by Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik

Canadian Whisky, Second Edition: The New Portable Expert by Davin de Kergommeaux 


Rum Books

The Curious Bartender's Rum Revolution by Tristan Stephenson 

Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World's Spirit by Fred Minnick 

Spirit of the Cane by Jared McDaniel Brown and Anistatia Renard Miller 


Other Spirits

6a00e553b3da20883401b8d2ba6be7970c-200wiMezcal: The History, Craft & Cocktails of the World's Ultimate Artisanal Spirit by Emma Janzen 

AKVAVIT - Rediscovering a Nordic Spirit  by Sune Risum-Urth and Rasmus Poulsgaard  

Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Book of Bitters: The bitter and twisted history of one of the cocktail world’s most fascinating ingredients by Adam Elmegirab 


Brand Books

Hennessy: A Toast to the World's Preeminent Spirit by Glenn O'Brien 

 Fever Tree: The Art of Mixing: Recipes from the world's leading bars  by Fever Tree 

Brewdog: Craft Beer for the People  by Richard Taylor with James Watt and Martin Dickie


Recipe-Focussed Books

6a00e553b3da20883401b7c92577e6970b-200wiThe Imbible: A Cocktail Guide for Beginning and Home Bartenders by Micah LeMon 

Let's Get Monster Smashed: Horror Movie Drinks for a Killer Time by Jon Chaiet and Marc Chaiet 

Code Name: Cocktail by Vicky Sweat & Karen McBurnie

The Modern Cocktail: Innovation + Flavour by Matt Whiley

Road Soda: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere by Kara Newman 

The Poptail Manual: Over 90 Delicious Frozen Cocktails by Kathy Kordalis

The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy: A Universe of Unique Cocktails from the Celebrated Doctor Who Bar by Andy Heidel 

Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes by Kristy Gardner 

The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book: The Definitive Guide to Mixing Perfect Cocktails from Aviation to Zombie  by Clair McLafferty 

Boston Cocktails: Drunk & Told by Frederic Yarm

Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks

A Spot at the Bar: Welcome to the Everleigh: The Art of Good Drinking in Three Hundred Recipes by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young

The Wildcrafted Cocktail: Make Your Own Foraged Syrups, Bitters, Infusions, and Garnishes; Includes Recipes for 45 One-of-a-Kind Mixed Drinks by Ellen Zachos 

The Cocktail Hour (L’Heure du Cocktail): 224 recipes  Collected by Marcel Requien Presented by Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud 

3 Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson

Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison 

Prosecco Cocktails: 40 tantalizing recipes for everyone's favourite sparkler by Laura Gladwin

New York Cocktails by Amanda Schuster 

Good Together: Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan & Friends by Ryan Chetiyawardana 


Narrative Booze Books

DownloadThe Angels' Share by James Markert 

Breakfast Tea & Bourbon by Pete Bissonette

Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey by Troylyn Ball and Bret Witter

I Hear She's a Real Bitch by Jen Agg 

By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail by Thad Vogler



Wine Books

Note: I don't really cover wine books and  these are just a few of them that came out this year. These are merely the ones that showed up in my mailbox. 

The Complete Bordeaux  by Stephen Brook 

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker

The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass by Alice Feiring 

6a00e553b3da20883401b8d2c11b96970c-200wiThe New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know by Jon Bonne

Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region  by Peter Liem 

Larousse Wine


Beer and Cider Books 

Note: Same as wine, this isn't my primary focus but here are a few books. 

Best Beers: the indispensable guide to the world’s beers by Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont

Modern Cider: Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More by Emma Christensen



Food, and Miscellaneous Related Books 

6a00e553b3da20883401bb09a29c97970d-200wiGastrophysics: The New Science of Eating  by Charles Spence 

Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine by William Rosen

Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World  by Mitch Prinstein

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro 

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair 




Not Enough Books For Ya?

Here are all the books published in the last three years as well. 

More Than 40 Drink Books Published in 2014 for Reading or Gifting

All the Cocktails & Spirits Books Published in 2015, For Reading or Gifting

All the Cocktails and Spirits Books Published in 2016 for Reading or Gifting



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Missed a brilliant whisky travel book by Ian Buxton

Camper English

Thanks Brian - Didn't see that one. I'll let your comment serve as the link to the book since you spent lots of time on your review!

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