5 Books That Offer Tips For Newbie Mixologists

Books on cocktails

Cocktails are having a moment right now. With most people still stuck at home and bars still not functioning at full capacity there has been a rise in home bartending. Unlike the often complicated cocktail books of the past, these five books by new-to-the-cocktail-world authors are written specifically for the home cook/bartender. Each of these books aims to help you experience craft cocktails at home without having to get a Ph.D. in mixology.

Beautiful Booze: Stylish Cocktails to Make at Home

Based on a solid foundation of research and feel for cocktail trends, Beautiful Booze by Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson is an instant classic. .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.

Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails

John DeBary worked for years in the New York City bar business. In this book, he offers recipes for both alcoholic and nonalcoholic cocktails, some with clever names and absolutely no pretension. The writing is straightforward and informative. If you know nothing about how to make a drink, you can learn it all here. And if you already fancy yourself a home bartender, you’ll pick up tips and new ideas.

Shake, Strain, Done: Craft Cocktails at Home

In this book, J.M. Hirsch approaches cocktails from a culinary perspective, breaking them down according to 11 categories: refreshing, creamy, fruity, sweet, sour, herbal, bitter, spicy, smoky, warm, and strong. Working from simple rules that make any cocktail balanced and delicious, these inventive drink combinations capture the flavor and sophistication of high-end bars but do away with tedious techniques and esoteric ingredients.

Drinking French

David Lebovitz’s Drinking French captures traditional drinks, creates some new ones, and rediscovers the iconic French spirits such as Suze, Pineau de Charentes, cognac, Chartreuse, Armagnac, and Byrrh. This beautifully photographed collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to kir and regional apéritifs, classic and modern cocktails from the hottest Paris bars, and creative infusions using fresh fruit and French liqueurs. And because the French can’t imagine drinking without having something to eat alongside, David includes Crispy, salty snacks to serve with your concoctions.

Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason

Julia Bainbridge is a food writer who decided to stop consuming alcohol but not to stop drinking. She drove cross-country in pursuit of the best non-alcoholic craft cocktails that she could find. Her new book, “Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason” is welcome for those who want to enjoy a spirit-free cocktail to celebrate and join in the fun.

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