This batch of new drink books, mostly released in September and early October 2020, includes everything from non-alcoholic drinks to cocktails inspired by gangsters, real and imagined, global cocktails hard seltzer and other fizzy drinks, two new books from The Aviary, and a lot more. It's kind of a lot, and these are all the pre-holiday books that should show up in November.
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Spirited is the most important book of cocktails from around the world — researched and collected for the home drink maker. It spotlights hundreds of cocktail recipes from the past 500 years and 60 countries, ranging from renowned iconic classics to lesser-known regional specialties to influential bespoke drinks — each reflecting the era, location, or bar that inspired it. Contemporary design and a wealth of commissioned photographs create an authoritative, accessible global guide that perfectly distills the cocktail's distinctive essence. The perfect book for celebrating!
Fiona Beckett is the author of more than 10 books including Fiona Beckett's Cheese Course and Food, Wine & friends (Cico) and How to Match Food and Wine (Mitchell Beazley). She is the wine writer for the Guardian and her Matching Food and Wine website has followers around the world, with 230k unique users a month, 17k registered subscribers and a social media reach of over 130k across all channels.
Fiona outlines the rise of teetotalism and the health benefits of including alcohol-free days as part of a healthy lifestyle.
This beautiful and inspiring book includes tips and recipes for flavoring waters, creating rhubarb bellinis and marmalade bucks fizz, as well as delicious cardamom syrups, roiboos tea punch and root beer floats.
Whether you wish to create a watermelon cooler or an alcohol-free fruit punch to get a party started or simply wish to make a pair of herb-flavored spritzes for a Friday night in, this book proves that 'no-lo' drinks are every bit as interesting as alcohol. Learn how to create flavorsome, delicious drinks so that anyone can join in a party or celebration. Sections include water, drinks made with nonalcoholic wine, drinking vinegars and shrubs, syrups and cordials, alcohol-free and low-alcohol cocktails, wines, beers and spirits.
Today's traveller is always on the move. Their trips are frequent, they think globally, and they treat hotel lobbies and bars as social spaces, conducting meetings or hunkering down, for hours at a time, with their laptops. Drinking is part of these everyday rituals, and so in this context the hotel bar's role acquires an even greater significance.
Behind the Bar shines a light on 50 signature cocktails from the most iconic hotel bars across the world, appealing to tried-and-true cocktail lovers and design aficionados alike. Recipes from some of these storied properties will inspire enthusiasts to re-create timeless cocktails at home. Anecdotes supplied by barkeeps and hotel and design personalities will enliven the recipes that reveal why so many hotel bars have endured through the years or have made an impact on the modern world.
The clandestine speakeasy has been glorified countless times for its mix of sex appeal and transporting décor but the hotel bar should also be recognised for its sophistication, grandeur, or showmanship. Behind the Bar does exactly that but also transcends the cocktail crowd niche. It is just as much a book for the traveller with a strong appreciation for design as well as the fantasy-filled armchair traveller charmed by illustrations and nuggets of history.
“Julia Bainbridge resets our expectations for what a ‘drink’ can mean from now on.”—Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual and The PDT Cocktail Book
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.
Bubbles are shortcuts to joyful moments. Whether the bubbles come from Champagne, cava, cider, beer, soda, or kombucha, a fizzy drink signals celebration and instantly turns any meal or get-together into a special one. Fizz is the ultimate guide to introducing more liveliness into your cocktail repertoire and bringing the most casual fête to the next level of celebration--with minimal effort.
Organized by occasion and purpose (Bubbles after work? Crowd-worthy batches for the holiday? Bringing your drinks to a summer picnic?), the drinks in Fizz are as gorgeous as they are simple, with plenty of booze-free bubbles alongside the classics to suit all tastes. Spritzes, negronis, and sangria abound, while those looking to expand their drinks horizons will delight in choices like Spiced Rhubarb Tonic and booze-free Ginger Kombucha. There's a breezy mocktail or a potent punch for everyone, making it easy to turn any day into a celebration.
The renowned cocktail bible, fully revised and updated by the legendary bartender who set off the cocktail craze--featuring over 100 brand-new recipes, all-new photography, and an up-to-date history of the cocktail.
The Craft of the Cocktail was the first real cookbook for cocktails when it first published in 2002, and it has had a remarkable influence on bartending. With this new edition, the original gets a delicious update, bringing expertise from Dale DeGroff, the father of craft cocktails, to the modern bar for a new generation of cocktail enthusiasts. The beloved histories, culture, tips, and tricks are back but all are newly revised, and DeGroff's favorite liquor recommendations are included so you know which gin or bourbon will mix just right.
Shaken, stirred, clarified, layered, floral, and more, these gorgeous cocktails taste as good as they look
Cocktail alchemy―the sweet, sour, bitter, booze―is magic in the hands of self-taught mixologist Natalie Migliarini. Sure, her story is the classic “girl-quits-job-to-pursue-passion-(cocktails)-starts-website-(Beautiful Booze)-leads-to-book-(yes, this one).” But these beautiful drinks are the result of a real immersion in the craft of building cocktails. Based on a solid foundation of research and feel for cocktail trends, Beautiful Booze is an instant classic. Readers can prepare these drinks at home, using available ingredients and simple tools.
Great cocktails elevate every occasion from ordinary to amazing. Here you’ll find recipes for mainstays like the Bloody Mary Bar Cart, as well as old-made-new cocktails like a Créme de la Colada, Limoncello Daiquiri, and Lavender Fizz. Vibrant photographs make reading this book almost as much fun as mixing its drinks.
Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Low Life Gangsters by Vincent Pollard [Amazon] [Bookshop]
It's been a century since the prohibition sent Americans scurrying to speakeasies and decades since the movie industry turned mobsters into celebrities. Now the two worlds collide in this highly original collection that creates signature cocktails for gangsters of every stripe. There's Tommy Shelby, who likes his Irish whiskey strong and stiff with just a splash of sweet vermouth and bitters. Billie Frechette mixes gin with honey and lemon, making the drink almost as sweet as her love for John Dillinger. There's also Mia Wallace, who gets a boozy take on a classic milkshake. Famous characters from much-loved recent TV series including The Sopranos, Peaky Blinders, and Boardwalk Empire are seen alongside iconic roles from classic films such as The Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, and Miller's Crossing. Each character and drink is illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Shawn McManus. Whether you're a budding mixologist or gearing up to watch The Godfather, this handy book provides the perfect blend of slick recipes and popular culture.
Navigate the bewildering world of cocktails with this elegant A to Z guide to every recipe that you need to know. Complete with insightful introductions on the fascinating stories behind each drink, The Cocktail Dictionary is the discerning drinker's guide to the art of sipping.
Covering everything from the Old Fashioned, Martini, Margarita and Daiquiri to key cocktail techniques such as muddling, shaking, stirring and the perfect ice.
Includes 100+ drinks recipes for you to try, as well as stunning illustrations throughout the book.
Hard seltzer is a booming category in the world of lifestyle beverages and many craft brewers are lending their artisanal skills to this refreshing beverage. Simple to make and with a wide range of creative flavor additions, hard seltzer is a sparkling alternative for beer lovers looking to give their palate a different experience. Learn about the development of the current market and delve into the intricacies of sugars used in making seltzer.
Understand the different regulations for this beverage based on how you make it so you can be in legal compliance. Explore recipes, serving suggestions, and even mocktails for using hard seltzer. In this guide, some of the country' s best hard seltzer producers provide recipes and advice for making seltzer for both commercial and home enjoyment.
Gin: How to Drink it: 125 Gins, 4 Ways by Dave Broom [Amazon]
It's about classic gins and new-generation gins, about gins from all over the world. It's about gin enjoyed with tonic and Sicilian lemonade. About the perfect martini gin and the best gin for a negroni. It's about juniper-heavy and delicate aromatic gins. About gin cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all it's about enjoying your gin in ways you never thought possible.
With more gin brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy.
For this new edition, Dave has revised more than half of the entries to include the best gins available today.
Praise for the first edition of Gin: The Manual:
'You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page...it is rocket science impressive' - Huffington Post
What makes a wine "natural"? And why does it matter? In Wine, Unfiltered, Katherine Clary, author and creator of the Wine Zine, tackles these questions and many more -- like the difference between organic and biodynamic wines, and whether natural varieties really prevent hangovers -- to give readers a holistic picture of the thriving world of natural wine. From grape varietals to legendary vintners to the best way to navigate an unfamiliar wine shop, this accessible, witty book is an irresistible exploration of the cutting edge of wine.
Perfect for both natural wine novices and seasoned drinkers, Wine, Unfiltered offers an unpretentious look at what makes natural wine so special. Sections on growing regions, building your own wine cellar, and how to taste a 'living wine' will impart readers with the confidence to finally explain what natural wine is at a party, ask a sommelier a question at a restaurant, or convince a reluctant family member to make the switch from conventional to natural wine. Vital information and nuanced opinions are broken out into digestible bites, alongside bold illustrations, in this essential read for anyone interested in the rapidly expanding world of natural wines.
Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498–1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-century Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages.
Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay―and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience.
Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.
Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of your favourite series by making delicious cocktails inspired by the world of Peaky Blinders! Birmingham Sour, Derby, Easy Dizzy ... this officially licensed book includes 40 easy-to-make cocktail recipes made from whiskey, gin and other tipples so that you can sip like a member of the Shelby clan.
Featuring photography of the cast and settings from the award-winning BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, impress your guests with historically inspired:
Whiskey Cocktails: Vendetta, Red Horse, John Shelby, Birmingham Sour, The Bloody Hand, The Shelby Julep, Easy Dizzy, Mr Sabini, The 1919, Section D, Inspector Campbell, Freddy Thorne, Ulster Force, Billy Kimber, Daniel Owen
Gin Cocktails: Last World, Epsom, Mrs Changretta, The Garrison, Gibson, Bobby, Tommy Shelby, Arthur’s Coffee, Michael Gray, Mrs Ross, White Horse, Scrap, Black Country, Revolution, Five Bells
Cocktails with Other Spirits including Rum, Cognac and Vodka: West High, Angel, Derby, Grand Duke, Pimm’s Number 1, By Order of the Peaky Blinders, Champagne Cocktail, Tatiana, Sparkling Suzie, Grace Shelby
Choose a recipe, settle in in a good leather chair, loosen your starched collar and enjoy the moment!
Tristan explores the origins of whiskey, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal "aqua vitae" (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whiskey. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavor, and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whiskey is made. After that, you might choose to make the most of Tristan’s bar skills with some inspirational house-blends and whiskey-based cocktails. This fascinating, entertaining, and comprehensive book is sure to appeal to aficionados and novices alike.
Vermont is known as a center of contemporary craft food and beverage production, and the distilled spirits industry is no exception. From a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs a decade ago, the state now boasts more than fifteen distilleries and growing. But getting a product from concept to glass involves more than just trial and error. The ingredients, production processes and marketing techniques are as varied as the distilleries themselves.
From SILO Distillery in Windsor to Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, each producer reveals its stories as it recounts the trials and tribulations of distilling in the Green Mountain State. Join author and distiller Chris Maggiolo as he reveals the unique and complex journey of taking a product idea to market in a state known for its innovation.
All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find 70 recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there’s nothing these boozy drinks can’t do! Need a love potion to help woo your lover? Maybe a tincture to heal a cold? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect witch-themed signature cocktail to serve at your next gathering. Regardless of what you’re looking for, this book has you covered and includes tips on how to use your witch’s brew to further your practice—and have fun!
An exploration of the beloved cocktails, spirits, and bars that define each state in America
The United States of Cocktails is a celebration of the cocktail history of every state in America. After traveling around this great nation and sampling many of the drinks on offer, cocktail authority Brian Bartels serves up a book that is equal parts recipe collection, travelogue, historical miscellany, bartender’s manual, and guide to bar culture today—with bar and drink recommendations that are sure to come in handy whether or not you are crossing state lines. Delving into the colorful stories behind the creation of drinks we love, this book includes more than 100 recipes alongside spirited analysis of each state’s unique contributions to cocktail culture.
Filled with colorful illustrations, The United States of Cocktails is an opinionated and distinctively designed love letter to the spirits, bars, and people who have created and consumed the iconic drinks that inspire us and satisfy our thirst.
The Sazerac ranks among the most famous drinks of a city famous for its drinking, but where did the classic New Orleans cocktail originate? Drinks journalist Tim McNally dives into the history of the Sazerac in a lively chronicle that ranges from a family-owned Cognac company in France, to an ingredient created by a New Orleans pharmacist, to a spirit once banned on three continents, to the renowned Playboy Clubs of the 1970s, which helped revitalize the enjoyment of complex, elegant mixed drinks. Among the many significant developments in the life of the Sazerac was its designation in 2008 as the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans.
When the Sazerac made its first appearance in the mid-1800s, the very concept of a cocktail (though not the word) was still new. Bartenders did not spend much time combining multiple ingredients for a single drink, and when they did, they felt no impulse to give it a name. But the Sazerac was unique. It combined a specific Cognac named Sazerac de Forge et Fils with Creole pharmacist Antoine Peychaud’s much-beloved brand of bitters, plus a sugar cube―all of which were stirred and strained into a drink glass coated with absinthe. The making of the drink provided the comfort and enjoyment of a social ritual, and the Sazerac became both a delicious beverage in its own right and a marker of the city’s unique alcohol culture.
With a spirited blend of history, cocktail trivia, and recipes, The Sazerac uncovers the true story of one of New Orleans’s most long-lived and iconic beverages.
Over the past decade, the popularity of cocktails has returned with gusto. Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture. The Shaken and the Stirred features essays written by distillers, bartenders and amateur mixologists, as well as scholars, all examining the so-called 'Cocktail Revival' and cocktail culture.
Why has the cocktail returned with such force? Why has the cocktail always acted as a cultural indicator of class, race, sexuality and politics in both the real and the fictional world? Why has the cocktail revival produced a host of professional organizations, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures?
Hugh Johnson s Pocket Wine Book by Hugh Johnson [Amazon]
The world's best-selling annual wine guide.
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 44th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive, up-to-the-minute annual guide.
Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both.
This latest edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book includes a color supplement on terroir.
The Wine Game by Zeren Wilson [Buy]
The world of wine can be bewildering for the casual wine drinker. The vast varieties of flavors, textures, aromas, and nuances can sometimes feel like an information overload. The Wine Game (On Sale Oct 6; $24.99) is an easy way to casually learn about wines from different regions. Perfect for holiday gift guide season, this game will have wine novices distinguishing Bordeaux from Burgundy and Chianti from Champagne in no time—
Easy Game Play – A deluxe version of Go Fish, the player that gains the most sets of 4 cards (“a wine family”) consisting of the same wine country or part of the world wins the game.
Educational – Covers all the major wine-producing regions from around the world (and some unexpected gems!) As you play, you’ll begin to recognize and remember wines and their regions.
For Red + White Lovers – Includes two decks that are exclusively red and white wines. Players can keep these separate or mix to play a longer game.
Extra Handbook – Includes a booklet that outlines the rules of play along with, brief descriptions of wine region, and some tips on what to look out for when purchasing wine.
Wooden Wine Crate – Packaged in a manner that a nice bottle of wine would ship in. This design also makes for easy storage in your own wine collection.
Beautiful Artwork – Bespoke illustrations offer an original way to travel around the world through the lens of wine. The cards highlight landscapes, objects, and symbols to create little stories behind each wine.
T𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝘁𝘀 by Grade A Fancy Magazine [buy]
One bright spot has been the digital cocktail parties we’ve attended with our pals, acquaintances, and friends of friends. In the ancient past, Ma Bell had a slogan promoting its long-distance service that went, “It’s the next best thing to being there.” The Zoomies and the Facetymes aren’t exactly that, but they’re all we got. Since remotely socializing seems to take up a such an important hunk of our lives now, the staff of Grade “A” Fancy took quill to electro-parchment and created a little something on the subject. The result is our instructional booklet, (The insider’s guide on how to be) The Toast of the Remote Hosts.
Over 250 pages, featuring nearly 100 delicious, flavorful recipes.
Brimming with beautiful, large-format photography and illustrations.
Countless insights about beverage design from acclaimed Chef Grant Achatz and his brilliant culinary team.
Printed and bound using cutting-edge fine art technologies. Measuring approximately 8½" x 11½" x 1", weighing over 6 lbs. with a tactile hard cover.
The Aviary: Summer Cocktails [The Aviary]
Contains 100 pages featuring more than 30 delicious recipes that are fun and easy to make at home.
Filled with gorgeous, large-format photography, and printed and bound using the most cutting-edge technologies.
Measuring approximately 8.5" x 11.5" x 0.5", this softcover cocktail journal is brimming with creative, unique ideas that will inspire and delight.
The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Rum explores rum’s remarkable history from its humble origins to its status as life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair with Cuba. Discover its darker past, with tales of devils, pirates, and its reputation as the revolutionary spirit. Now this fabled drink is in the midst of another revolution, transforming from uninspiring grog to premium product. Barrel-aged dark varieties are leading the charge and poised to attract existing Bourbon fans while the cocktail Renaissance that began in the early 2000s has recently expanded to include tiki and non-tiki rum cocktails.
In this entertaining primer you’ll learn how rum is made, from the science of sugar cane and molasses to distillation and unique ageing techniques. Next, Tristan’s unrivalled mixology skills will help you master jazzed-up versions of the Mai Tai and Mojito, perfect a Planter’s Punch, and keep you on trend with Brazil’s famous Caipirinha and Batida cocktails, made with rum’s sister spirit, cachaça. Let the rum revolution begin!
Queer Cocktails: 50 Cocktail Recipes Celebrating Gay Icons and Queer Culture by Lewis Laney [Bookshop]
This collection of cocktail recipes celebrates queer culture and pays tribute to the great gay icons of our time. Try your hand at mixing a Bloody Mariah (Carey), Cider Minelli, or (Stephen) Fry Martini and get your tastebuds tingling. With recipes inspired by Madonna (La Isla Bonita Iced Tea), Freddie Mercury (Tequila Queen), Harvey Milk (The Land of Milk and Honey), and more, there's plenty to keep all cocktail movers and shakers busy and thirsts well and truly quenched--we'll drink to that.