Improve Your At-Home Happy Hour With These Cocktail Books

Bring on the books and booze. It time to improve your at-home happy hour with these essential cocktail books. All your guests will be impressed.

The cocktail books featured on this list will not only shake up your get-togethers, but they are also thoroughly entertaining and informative.

They’ll have you sitting back, kicking your feet up, and enjoying yourself. It’s 4’o clock (somewhere) – throats are officially open.

The Martini Cocktail by Robert Simonson

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The Martini Cocktail By Robert Simonson (@robertosimonson) 🍸 #nationalmartiniday is June 19th. We can’t think of a better time to feature this book than now. 🍸 Written in an approachable and conversational style, Robert Simonson’s “Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink” is a welcome addition to any cocktail lover’s personal library. As well as the expected summary of the origin(s) and history of the Martini, Simonson also completes a through investigation on other aspects of the cocktails lore. This includes a detailed review of the evolution of the Martini from an ingredients and preparation perspective, a study of the cocktail in literature, film, and popular culture, and an in-depth and wide-ranging survey of the socio-cultural impact of the Martini on daily life. For those who are wondering, Simonson also weighs in with rational and reasoned viewpoints concerning the unavoidable gin vs. vodka, V-shaped glass, and shaken vs. stirred debates. All of this is delivered with humour, and the expected dose of opinion and scrutiny that is so uniquely associated with the Martini. Finally, and perhaps most impressively, the authour provides a massive catalogue of Martini recipes; from historic variations to present day standards, and including some of the most famous formulas and preparations known throughout the world. Picking a favourite might be tough, but I’m guessing that at least we’ll thoroughly enjoy the process… 🍸 #themartinicocktailbook #martinicocktail #themartinicocktail #martini #robertsimonson #cocktailbook #cocktailbooks #barbook #unpetitverre #cocktail #cocktails #classiccocktails #vintagecocktails #homebartender #amateurbartender #cocktailrecipe #cocktailrecipes #cocktailsofinstagram #personallibrary #cocktaillibrary

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Price: $18.99

A cocktail classic. If a martini is your poison and you want to learn how to make an impressive drink that James Bond will risk it all for, this book is what you are looking for.

This book covers the complex history of the old-time favorite. It includes 50 recipes, from the first-ever published martini recipe from 1888 to some contemporary takes from highly rated bartenders. Be sure to make it shake when you try one of the recipes from this book at your next get-together with the mates.

Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen by Colleen Mullaney

Price: $11.39

Gin lover’s roll call. I bet we’re all here for this? Expect a dash of historical titbits, Austen quotes galore, and a plethora of punny cocktails like Just A Dashwood and Cousin Collins.

Gin Austen has a wide range of cocktails that Elizabeth Bennet would undoubtedly approve of. Who’s in for a boozy book club?

Cocktails Made Simple by Brian Weber and Amin Benny

Price: $12.99

You must be new around here, and that’s great because this book over here is perfect for the brand new to the home bartending bartender. Learn the ropes of mixing drinks, from the traditional classics to something more modern.

Learn to mix drinks confidently with the recipes featured in this book. Soon enough, you’ll be doing your thing like the pros.

Romantic Cocktails: Craft Cocktail Recipes for Couples, Crushes, and Star-Crossed Lovers by Clair McLafferty

Price: $6.42

This is an ideal book to give as a gift for a bartending enthusiast in your life. There are more than 100 romantic recipes that play off of traditional cocktail recipes.

Romantic Cocktails is divided into sections like Vintage Romance (classic cocktails) and Love Potions (ones packed with aphrodisiacs), and a section for Modern Craft Cocktails features exclusive drink recipes.

Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

Price: $40.00 

This sought-after cocktail collection from iconic mixologist Jim Meehan has won the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award for Beverages, and rightfully so.

The book takes the reader through the history of cocktails to spirits production, and the right assortment of tools, and of course, over 100 recipes. Meehan’s Bartender Manual contains everything the avid bartender or home cocktail fan wants and needs. 

Written By:
Tumisang Mosito

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