Summer nights are best spent drinking and these four new cocktail recipe books will inspire, inform and possibly get you flat out drunk.
Now, you may know how to make a couple mixed drinks, and have a few cocktail recipes you pull out for special occasions, but it’s time to go to school. And by school I mean “just buy the books and cram at home.”
Here are the best new cocktail recipes books to check out.
Drink Like a Man: The Only Cocktail Guide Anyone Really Needs
Drink Like a Man distills 83 years of drinking wisdom into this indispensable manual. With more than 125 cocktail recipes and 100 photos, including 13 drinks every man should know how to make, variations on classic cocktails, and drinks batched large enough to satisfy a crowd, it’s an essential guide to cocktail making, but also a manual for how to drink. As a host, at a bar, with a friend, on your own—whatever the situation may be—Esquire offers wisdom, encouragement, and instructions. And also a damn good drink.
This Calls for a Drink!: The Best Wines and Beers to Pair with Every Situation
Any decent wine book can tell you what to drink with a grilled steak. But what’s the best wine to pair with a blind date? For watching the Oscars? For a big birthday? Written by Diane McMartin, this inspired drinking guide matches wines and beers to the significant—and not so significant—events in life.
Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Featuring more than 100 delicious recipes (original and historic), plus a groundbreaking new approach to understanding rum, Smuggler’s Cove is the magnum opus of the contemporary tiki renaissance. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite cocktail, tips on how to trick out your home tiki grotto, help stocking your bar with great rums, or inspiration for your next tiki party, Smuggler’s Cove has everything you need to transform your world into a Polynesian Pop fantasia.
101 Cocktails To Try Before You Die
With fascinating insight, this book takes the reader on a captivating tour through history’s most famous (and infamous) cocktails. Each entry comes with a detailed history, entertaining anecdotes and of course a list of ingredients, as well as retellings of cocktail myths and legends. Whether you are a spirits aficionado or simply enjoy a good drink, this is the must-have cocktail handbook.