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Along with the obvious drinks-mixing manuals of which there are legion, I will also be reviewing more specialized books on different topics such as bartending and in-depth studies of a particular spirit such as cognac, bourbon, etc.

I will also try to review books covering the social aspects of drinking both serious scholarly works and other well. . . less scholarly works! (Hunter S. Thompson's Rum Diaries springs to mind!)

Authors are in some ways similar to reviewers, you will find people who write a certain way that you will enjoy more than others, they also use different types of formats (especially in drinks books) to write and present information and have different personal tastes and inclinations. So read as many as possible and keep track of your favorite author's efforts.





Drink Recipes Books

Bartender's Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks. . .

Bartender's Companion:The Original Guide to American Cocktails and Drinks

Diffords Guide Cocktails # 7: over 2,250 cocktails


The Great Margarita Book

The Great Tiki Drink Book

How's Your Drink? Cocktails,Culture and the Art of Drinking Well


Joy of Mixology

Professional Bartender's Training Manual (3rd ed.)

Secrets Revealed of America's Greatest Cocktails (new! June 2008)

¡Toma! Margaritas! : The Original Guide to Margaritas and Tequila

Trader Vic's Tiki Party!

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum Cocktail to the Zombie

Reference Books

1001 Questions Questions Every Bartender and Lounge Lizard Should Know How to Answer

Accidental Connoisseur

American Still Life

And a Bottle of Rum

Beverage Operator's Survival Guide

Big Shots: the men behind the booze

Caribe Rum: The Original Guide to Caribbean Rum and Drinks

Clear Thinking When Drinking - The Handbook for Responsible Alcohol Consumption (new! October 2008)

Complete Book of Spirits

Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason

Essential Guide to Scotch Whisky

Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva

Kindred Spirits 2

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2006, the facts, the people, the news, the stories

Martini Trilogy (of sorts)

Modern Drunkard: A Handbook For Drinking In The 21st Century

Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History

Moonshine Markets: Issues in Unrecorded Alcohol Beverage Consumptiom and Production

Preventing Internal Theft

Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776

Scottish Whisky Distilleries: for the whisky enthusiast

Shaken and Stirred

Shaken NOT Stirred

Stirred not Shaken

Clear Thinking about Drinking

Successful Beverage Management

Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide