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The 2021 Best Drink Books Round-Up

Makephotogallery.net_1637959840342For the past bunch of years, I've done a round-up of all the drink books (mostly cocktails and spirits) that have come out during the year, in consideration for gifting. I'm not doing that this year, as there are too many cocktail books, and if you want to see them all, you can visit these posts:

But I decided to do a Best-Of list. Importantly, I must note that I haven't read all of these. I have looked through most, and it's fair to say that I have confidence in these selections. There were some other books that sure sound good but I don't know enough about the book or its author to commit. 




Do Some Reading

  • 6a00e553b3da2088340282e1130225200b-200wiSomething and Tonic: A History of the World's Most Iconic Mixer by Nick Kokonas [amazon] [somethingandtonic.com]
  • Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland [amazon][bookshop]
  • A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits by Shanna Farrell [amazon][bookshop]

  • A Woman's Place Is in the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEOs  by Tara Nurin [amazon][bookshop]
  • Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O'Meara  [amazon][bookshop
  • Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition by Mark Lawrence Schrad [amazon][bookshop]
  • The Thinking Drinkers Almanac: Drinks For Every Day Of The Year by Ben McFarland, Tom Sandham [amazon][bookshop
  • The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails by David Wondrich, Noah Rothbaum [amazon][bookshop]


Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Books

  • Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking by Elva Ramirez [amazon] [bookshop]
  • Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks by Benny Briga, Adeena Sussman [amazon][bookshop]


6a00e553b3da208834026bdeec4e06200c-200wiTopic-Specific Cocktail Books

  • Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for the Golden Age of Agave by Robert Simonson [amazon][bookshop]
  • The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig [amazon][bookshop]
  • The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes by Julia Momosé and Emma Janzen  [amazon][bookshop


Base Spirits

  • The Big Book of Amaro  by Matteo Zed [amazon][bookshop]

  • The Atlas of Bourbon and American Whiskey: A Journey Through the Spirit of America by Eric Zandona [amazon][bookshop]


6a00e553b3da2088340282e13042ad200b-200wiGeneral Cocktail Recipe Books

  • The Cocktail Seminars by Brian D. Hoefling [amazon][bookshop]
  • HOME BAR BASICS (AND NOT-SO-BASICS) by Dave Stolte [website]
  • The Curious Bartender: Cocktails At Home: More than 75 recipes for classic and iconic drinks by Tristan Stephenson  [amazon][bookshop]
  • Mixology for Beginners: Innovative Craft Cocktails for the Home Bartender by Prairie Rose [amazon][bookshop]
  • Death & Co Welcome Home by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, Dave Kaplan [amazon][bookshop
  • The Cocktail Workshop: An Essential Guide to Classic Drinks and How to Make Them Your Own by Steven Grasse, Adam Erace [amazon][bookshop]
  • Can I Mix You a Drink? by T-PAIN, Maxwell Britten [amazon][bookshop]


  • The Beer Bible: Second Edition  by Jeff Alworth [amazon][bookshop]

  • World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World by Tim Webb, Stephen Beaumont [amazon][bookshop]


Cocktails and Spirits Books from Previous Years



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