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Sure, there may be plenty of handy recipes and resources online to help you channel your inner craft cocktail connoisseur, but there’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned recipe book to get you in the spirit (yes, pun intended). Whether you’re planning your cocktail options for an upcoming dinner party or revamping your entire home bar set-up, flipping through a cocktail book will definitely help you refine and perfect your craft.
Besides, not only will these chic and old-fashioned books help you make the tastiest martini, negroni, or whiskey sour each and every time, but they’ll also look chic displayed on your bar cart or on your living room’s empty accent table. Ready to start your journey to becoming a bonafide mixologist? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite luxe cocktail recipe books to get you started.
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1. I'm Just Here for the Drinks
This hilarious and festive cocktail book is chock full of classic, old-fashioned, and contemporary cocktail recipes. Each recipe page is detailed with beautiful photography and easy-to-follow instructions.
2. The Art of Mixology: Classic Cocktails and Curious Concoctions
From Moscow mules to old-fashioned martinis, this comprehensive cocktail book is filled to the brim with innovative recipes and insightful commentary. Some of our favorite drinks include the Baby Bellini, Buck’s Fizz, and the Highland Fling.
3. The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book
Any Disney super fan will have a blast recreating cocktails that come from the happiest place on earth. There’s Mickey’s Bee Bop Drink from 50’s Prime Time Café, the Bam Bam Shake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, and much more. Bring the magical aura from the parks straight into your home, minus all the long lines.
4. The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book
This ultra-curated collection of musings, conversations, and of course, cocktail recipes is chock full of classic adult beverages that have been beloved for ages. There’s also a wide range of cocktails inspired by the show’s characters as well.
5. The Bar Book
This book focussed on technique and helps you master the basics of cocktail making and at-home bartending. Learn the essentials from author and legendary mixology expert and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler.