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.