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5 of the Best Cocktail Recipe Books: Literature on Cocktail History, Spirits, Flavour and Style

5 of the Best Cocktail Recipe Books |

Interested in learning how to become an expert mixologist? Want to learn about their histories, tips and tricks? It feels good to be the one who can constantly turn a dull gathering into a swinging shindig. Trust us. We know. That’s why we’ve put together some of the best guides to cocktail mixing so you can start to show off at any soirees you organise or attend.

Becoming a master in the art of mixing drinks isn’t as hard as you may think. All you need is lessons from the best in the business. These helpful books will get you there in no time.

The Periodic Table of Cocktails – Emma Stokes

Cocktail blogger Emma Stokes, aka Gin Monkey, has compiled a playful guide to some of the most popular cocktails served in bars across the United Kingdom. She’s made each recipe is easy to follow and come with a detailed description and facts of each drink. This handy book helps readers navigate by base spirit, flavour and style, so it’s the perfect book for those of you who know what kind of mix you want to learn.

The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing – Richard Godwin

This humorous, amateur guide to cocktailing written by London journalist Richard Godwin contains a good number of modern and classic recipes from London’s most popular bars and famous bar books. Tools and techniques are explained thoroughly and you’re given some brief cocktail history to explore how it all started.

The Little Book of Cocktails – Rufus Cavendish

This one’s for those who want to gain some fast knowledge. The handy book is packed with simple guides and advice on the correct equipment and ingredients. The Little Book contains over 200 quick recipes for cocktails made with vodka, gin, tequila and rum.

The Savoy Cocktail Book – Harry Craddock

Harry Craddock, one of the most popular bartenders ever, immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds wrote this classic book. First published in 1930, readers of he Savoy Cocktail Book can find a number of cocktails Craddock learnt or invented while working at London’s Savoy Hotel. Each recipe is beautifully illustrated with Deco drawings.

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails – Ted Haigh

If you want some rare cocktail recipes, then look no further than this updated and expanded book by historian, expert, and drink aficionado Ted Haigh. The award-winning book is packed with historical facts and recipes from different times, including the 19th century and Prohibition era.


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Best Champagne Cocktails

Champagne cocktails |

Champagne is royalty among alcoholic beverages, if not for anything, for its sparkly golden bubbles.

You can call it the beautiful princess in the fairytale of drinks and you won’t be wrong.

While it is simply magic to sip the sparkling wine without mixing it, making a cocktail out of it is another amazing experience on its own.

Champagne cocktails do not just give off the sweet-sour taste of the wine, but a tingly sensation to the taste buds as well as the laid back feeling of whatever special flavours have been used in the cocktail.

Sipping a good champagne cocktail not only makes the good times better but creates plenty of spirit, as well as add a whole new buzz to that party or romantic dinner.

Here are the top champagne based cocktails you can make:

Champagne Cocktail

Champagne cocktail |












This is about the simplest champagne-based cocktail to make since it does not take up too many ingredients. It brings together two opposites into the sour taste of the wine – sweetness and bitterness.

What you need

How to make Champagne Cocktail

  • Place the sugar cube on a spoon and douse with bitters
  • Drop into a Champagne flute and fill with the Moet Brut Champagne
  • Garnish with a lemon twist
  • *Best served with dinner

Sparkler Cocktail

Sparkler cocktail |











Like the name goes, even the stars do not give the skies enough sparkle as this cocktail would give to that special Valentine’s Day dinner.

What you need

How to make Sparkler Cocktail

  • Pour in the champagne into a champagne flute, add tequila and syrup and allow to settle
  • Garnish with a slice of strawberry
  • *Best served chill (especially the tequila and the champagne)

Moet Golden Glamour

Moet golden glamour cocktail |










A popular feature during the Academy awards, this is a premium champagne-based cocktail. It adds another wonderful buzz evening events and cocktail parties.

What you need

How to make Moet Golden Glamour

  • Simply add all the ingredients to a coupe glass
  • Garnish with a fresh mint sprig

Basil Fizz Cocktail

Basil fizz cocktail |









This is one that can even be had with breakfast or brunch, and for that purpose, it is a wonderful way to get the day started – especially days that will end in a wild night of partying.

What you need

How to make Basil Fizz Cocktail

  • Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Champagne to a flute

Very Sexy Martini Cocktail

Sexy martini cocktail |










Don’t be deceived by the name, this is no Martini. However, taken with a Martini glass, this is a wedding of several flavours with champagne as the leader of the pack.

What you need

How to make Very Sexy Martini Cocktail

  • Put the raspberries and mint in a shaker and muddle together
  • Add the remaining ingredients except the Champagne and fill with ice
  • Shake, and strain into a Martini glass
  • Pour in the Champagne and garnish with a mint spring and a raspberry
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Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Classic Cocktails

Mango Jalapeño Margaritas National Tequila day |

1. The Perfect Margarita


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • lime wedge and course salt for garnish


  • Cut a slit in a lime wedge and sliding it around the rim of your glass.
  • Next, dip the rim in the coarse salt.
  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice.
  • Give it an extra hard shake for a full 10 seconds so that your margarita is frothy and icy-cold.
  •  Strain over ice into your salt-rimmed rocks glass, garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Rosemary Bloody Maria


  • bloody mary mix
  • fresh rosemary
  • lime
  • 1-2 ounces tequila
  • worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt


  • Fill the glass halfway with bloody mary mix.
  • Add 1 ounce tequila for a mild cocktail or 2 ounces for a stronger version.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the drink and save a slice for garnish.
  • Add 1/2 a teaspoon worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir all ingredients together, top off with ice and more bloody mary mix if needed.

3. Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita


  • 1 and 1/3 cup rhubarb syrup
  • 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 cup ice
  • Sea salt, for rimming the glass
  • (4) 1-inch pieces of rhubarb, optional garnish
  • (4) 2-inch long sprigs of rosemary, optional garnish


  • Dip the rims 1/4 inch deep into a shallow bowl of water.
  • Then dip them into a shallow plate filled with the sea salt so that the salt sticks to the rim of the glasses.
  • Blend together all of the ingredients (except the sea salt) in a blender until the desired consistency is reached,
  • then pour into the serving glasses.
  • Garnish the rim of each glass with a rhubarb wedge rolled in sea salt and lay a sprig of rosemary across the top of each margarita. Serve and enjoy!

4. Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas


  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh cranberry juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces vanilla ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • salt for glass rimming
  • limes for garnish and sugared cranberries to pop in drinks


  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices.

5. A Paloma


  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Small plate with sugar
  • Grapefruit wedge


  • Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass on grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in sugar.
  • In your cocktail glass combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves.
  • Add tequila, club soda, and ice.
  • Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!

6. Blood Orange Margaritas


  • 1/2 ounces tequila (silver or gold, based on your preference)
  • 1 ounce grand mariner
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blood orange juice (about 1-2 oranges)
  • salt for the rim
  • lime/orange wedges for garnish


  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lemon and orange slices.

7.  Strawberry Sriracha Margarita


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau (or other orange flavored liquor)
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 cups ice


  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a sugar rimmed margarita glass.

8. Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita

Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita |


  • 5 Slices of cucumber
  • 5 Mint leaves
  • 2 Orange citrus wedges
  • 0.75 Ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 Ounce simple syrup
  • 0.75 Ounce triple sec
  • 1.5 Ounce Ixa Organic Silver Tequila


  • Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend properly.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add tequila.
  • Pour into ice.

9. Spicy Watermelon Margarita


Spicy Watermelon Margarita | www.drinks.ngIngredients:

  • 1 1Ž4 oz. Arta Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz. Master of Mixes Margarita Mix
  • 1 oz. Master of Mixes Watermelon Daiquiri/Margarita Mix
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (to taste)


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and serve.

10. Spicy Tequila Sunrise


  • 1 ½-inch slice jalapeño pepper, with seeds
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbsp.) Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 ½ oz. silver tequila (100 percent blue agave)
  • 4 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 orange slice, for garnish
  • ¼-inch jalapeno slices, for garnish
  • ice
  • club soda, optional


  • In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle the jalapeno and lime.
  • Add the agave, tequila, and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake just to chill.
    Pour the pomegranate juice into a tall glass.
  • Fill glass 3/4 with ice cubes.
  • Gently strain the Spice Sunrise into the glass.
  • Garnish with the orange and jalapeño slice.