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5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

  1. A Sidecar Named Desire: Great Writers and the Booze That Stirred Them by Greg Clarke and Monte Beauchamp

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

From the publisher:

A rollicking illustrated history of alcohol and its literary imbibers, from Jane Austen’s beer brewing to James Joyce’s passion for Guinness to E.B. White’s cure for writers’ block—a dry martini—by celebrated illustrator Greg Clarke and award-winning editor/art director Monte Beauchamp.

“The tools that I need for my trade are simply pen, paper, food, tobacco, and a little whiskey.”

 —William Faulkner 

“I keep a dictionary, a Bible, a deck of cards and a bottle of sherry in the room.”

  —Maya Angelou 

“A writer who drinks carefully is probably a better writer.”

  —Stephen King

Throughout history, there has been no greater catalyst for creativity among writers, so they claim, than a good, stiff drink. In this graphic volume, the authors take us on an unforgettable literary bar crawl, packed with historical factoids, anecdotes, booze trivia, and fascinating detours into the lives of our favorite writers, along with literary-themed cocktail recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon and Philip Larkin’s Gin and Tonic set to verse.

For the literary-minded drinker, whether wine, gin, vodka, beer, whiskey, or tequila is your elixir of choice, A Sidecar Named Desire will whet your appetite. Bottoms up!

2. The Bloody Mary: Recipes inspired by the St. Regis signature cocktail

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

From the publisher:

The St. Regis Signature Cocktail. Recipes Inspired by the Original Red Snapper.

Famed bartender Fernand Petiot perfected his recipe for the beloved Bloody Mary, St. Regis' signature cocktail, in 1934 at The St. Regis New York in the infamous King Cole bar. Each St. Regis hotel offers its own variation of the original St. Regis Bloody Mary and now you can create them at home with this beautiful coffee table tome. Accompanied by detailed recipes and gorgeous illustrations by renowned artist Bil Donovan, this is an excellent gift for the food and spirits enthusiast.

3. The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

The Aviary Cocktail Book
By Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Allen Hemberger

From the publisher:


  • Over 440 pages of innovative techniques and delicious recipes

  • Massive and beautiful, brimming with large-format photographs and illustrations

  • Hundreds of insights from acclaimed chef Grant Achatz and his brilliant culinary team

  • More than 3 years in the making, printed and bound using cutting-edge fine art technologies

Measuring approximately 12"x10"x2", and weighing over 8 pounds, this culinary approach to cocktails will be equally at home in your kitchen, your bar, or on your coffee table. Endlessly engaging, this is not a typical Gentleman's Guide to Cocktails - it's the definitive word on 21st century cocktails.

4. Mezcal: The History, Craft and Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit by Emma Janzen

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

5 Cocktail Books to Inspire Your New Years Eve Drink

From the publisher:


Emma Janzen is your guide to the bartender's best kept secret, the spirit everyone has been missing out on and it's called Mezcal. See what sets this cousin of tequila apart from the rest of the pack.

Produced in Mexico for centuries but little known elsewhere until recent years, mezcal has captured the imagination of spirits enthusiasts with its astonishing complexities. And while big liquor is beginning to jump aboard the bandwagon, most mezcal is still artisanal in nature, produced using small-batch techniques handed down for generations, often with agave plants harvested in the wild.

â??Join author Emma Janzen through Mezcal as she presents an engaging primer on all things related to the spirit; its long history, the craft of distilling it, and a thorough guide to many of the most common agaves used in production and how they shape the resulting spirit. In addition, top mezcal bars across the United States and Mexico contribute a selection of nearly fifty cocktails that accentuate its distinguishing qualities.

Beautifully produced and authoritatively writtenMezcal is the definitive guide to exploring and unraveling the mysteries of this extraordinary handcrafted spirit. An Editors’ Pick for Amazon Best Books of the month of July 2017.

5. Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita: More Cocktails with a Literary Twist  by Tim Federle


From the publisher:

Literature, puns, and alcohol collide in this clever follow-up to Tequila Mockingbird, the world's bestselling cocktail recipes book.

Tim Federle's Tequila Mockingbird has become one of the world's bestselling cocktail books and resonated with bartenders and book clubs everywhere. 

Now in this much anticipated follow-up, Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita, Federle has shaken up 49 all-new, all-delicious drink recipes paired with his trademark puns and clever commentary on more of history's most beloved books, as well as bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. 

Cocktails include:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey Goose

  • The Handmaid's Ale

  • Little Soused on the Prairie

  • Tender Is the Nightcap

  • A Room With Vermouth

  • Go Get a Scotch, Man

  • As I Lay Drinking
    and much more!

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