Numerous cocktail books have come out in 2018, each one detailing delicious creations you need to try. If it has been a while since you tasted something new, then it is worth picking at least one of these books up. Here are some of the best ones we have found.
If you are just starting your cocktail journey we recommend you to first take a look at some of the best cocktail books for beginners.
Infused Booze by Kathy Kordalis
You can brighten up your home bar by adding Infused Booze to your collection of cocktail books. A lot of imagination goes into each of the creations. With this book, you can learn how to make a tasty Cherry Gin. If you are a fan of spiciness, then you will be pleased to learn how to make a one-of-a-kind Jalapeño Vodka. The best part is that all the drinks featured in the book take roughly 10 minutes to make each. With Kathy Kordalis’ innovation by your side, your next party will be one to remember.
Session Cocktails by Drew Lazor
Meanwhile, Session Cocktails has an array of low-proof drinks that are great if you want something a little lighter. A significant trend that popped up in cocktail books in 2018 was the desire for drinks that focused more on flavor than pure alcohol. Whether you want a drink to round out the night or to enjoy for brunch, you can enjoy something much smoother than you are probably used to. This book by Drew Lazor contains over 60 recipes designed by some of the most renowned mixologists in the world, including Leo Robitschek and Will Elliot. In addition to new mixes, you will also find low-proof solutions to the drinks you already enjoy.
Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Anyone who is a newbie to making spirits will want to check out Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual. For beginners, it is the perfect book that breaks down how to make standard cocktails you will probably have to make all the time. The book contains illustrations and wry humor that makes for a pleasant read you will not want to put down. Once you finish it, you will be able to make everything from an old-fashioned to a dry gin martini with ease.
The Cocktail Garden: Botanical Cocktails for Every Season by Ed Loveday
You may feel like having a champagne spritzer in the spring but a fruitier drink during the summer. You can learn to make delicious cocktails with the help of The Cocktail Garden: Botanical Cocktails for Every Season. With this book, you will know precisely what to make when you rest by the fireside on a cold, winter night. The cocktails incorporate a variety of ingredients that will be in-season for the time of year in question. it differentiates itself from other cocktail books with stunning illustrations from Adriana Picker, who is an internationally-recognized artist.
Doctor’s Orders: Over 50 Inventive Cocktails to Cure, Revive & Enliven by Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza
Centuries ago, doctors commonly used alcohol to try to relieve actual medical conditions. These days people know better, but you may still need a pick-me-up after a long week of work or after a nasty breakup. In these cases, you can reach for this book, which breaks down cocktails that will help cure what ails you. Tiger’s Milk can help you get over a bad hangover. Meanwhile, the book has plenty of recipes for drinks packed with antioxidants and vitamins, although I would probably continue taking something like these Elderberry Supplements in addition to really give my body the help it needs to function as it should. You will feel better in no time with one of these delicious cocktails.
Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks by André Darlington and Tenaya Darlington
Do you love listening to your favorite albums on vinyl? You need to complement the hits with a stiff drink, and this cocktail book can help you find the perfect mixture. Each album comes with a description of why the cocktail is a perfect match. Whether you just want to chill and zone out or get up on your feet and dance, there are plenty of drinks in here for you. Some of the albums in this book include:
- Purple Rain
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
- Like a Virgin
- Appetite for Destruction
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
- Pet Sounds
- Back to Black
- Hotel California
- License to Ill
Cocktail Italiano: The Definitive Guide to Aperitivo: Drinks, Nibbles, and Tales of the Italian Riviera by Annette Joseph
An “apertivo” is an essential part of Italian life. It involves meeting up with loved ones in the early evening to enjoy a cocktail and some appetizers. Not only will you learn how to craft delectable Italian cocktails, but you will also learn about the various Italian cities that exist on the Italian Riviera. With this book, you will become an expert at making Limoncello Margaritas, Aperol Spritz Shakerados, and so much more.
Clean + Dirty Drinking: 100+ Recipes for Making Delicious Elixirs, With or Without Booze by Gabriella Mlynarczyk and Grant Cornett
When hosting a party, some people may want a strong cocktail while others would prefer a mocktail. This cocktail book provides you with recipes on how to make an array of drinks both with and without alcohol. For instance, you can learn how to make a delicious rhubarb and coconut sparkler with the option to include a bit of gin. There is even a recipe to make a non-alcoholic Moscow Mule. With over 100 recipes, you never again have to feel at a loss for what to make.
Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails From the World’s Leading Female Bartenders; Includes Toasts to Extraordinary Women in History by Misty Kalkofen and Kirsten Amann
You can drink like a woman with this collection of recipes that come from female bartenders around the globe. In addition to having fantastic recipes, the book also features tributes to noteworthy women throughout history, including scientists, activists, and athletes. From simple creations to more elaborate concoctions, the recipes in this book run the gamut.
The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit by Maggie Hoffman
Even if you only have a small home bar, you can still make many incredible cocktails using only one spirit. This book by Maggie Hoffman shows you how to do it. Each section focuses on a single spirit, so you will learn how to make drinks where the only alcoholic component is whiskey, brandy, vodka, or rum. You do not have to worry about spending a fortune to prepare drinks for a party, and even if you only have one bottle at your house, you can find something to make. Gone are the days where you have to run out for an emergency trip to the store.
Tequila Beyond Sunrise: Over 40 Tequila and Mezcal-Based Cocktails From Around the World by Jesse Estes
Jesse Estes is a London-based spirits expert and bartender who has years of experience mixing drinks with tequila. If tequila is your alcohol of choice, then you can find an array of drinks to make you may have never thought of before. The book contains plenty of ways to make a margarita. However, you will also learn recipes to make more premium cocktails, such as a Hibiscus Highball. You will also learn how to make drinks using mezcal, a light, complex spirit that has come more into style in recent years.
Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned by Alba Huerta and Marah Stets
Whether you hail from the South or are a proud Yankee, everyone should enjoy a refreshing Mint Julep now and then. Along with 65 cocktail recipes, you also get historical overviews as to why certain drinks have become synonymous with the South. In addition to classic cocktails like the Mint Julep, you will also learn how to make more modern cocktails concocted in southern states recently. If you have never sipped on a Hot July or a Snakebit Sprout, then you are missing out.
Cocktails Across America: A Postcard View of Cocktail Culture in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s by Diana Lapis and Anne Peck-Davis
Alcohol has been part of American culture for centuries now. You can learn about some of the most famous drinks directly before, during, and after Prohibition in this book. There are over 50 recipes to drink like a gangster or flapper. Some of the recipes even come with a modern twist for the 21st century. Each recipe comes with an illustration of a vintage postcard to put you in the right mindset.
Have you read through any of these cocktail books? Are there any books that came out this year we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments.