2018’s best cocktail books.Elva Ramirez

This holiday season, there’s more than one way to surprise the cocktail nerd in your family. From a do-it-yourself primer to a deep dive into the physics of drinks to what might be the most wanted cocktail book ever, this year offers many ways to bring the magic of the world’s best bars into your home.

Cocktail Codex.Elva Ramirez

Cocktail Codex by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald

The follow-up to the best-selling Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, Cocktail Codex aims to make the entire universe of drinks understandable by going deep into the fundamentals of six iconic drinks. By delving into the history and processes of six cocktails, readers will understand how cocktails evolved over time, and how the world’s top bartenders approach drinks development.

Cocktail Codex features lush photography as well as recipes and insights from top bartenders. It’s a gorgeous collectible for novice and experienced bartenders alike, and it’s set to become an instant classic among the drinks set.

The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, and Allen Hemberger

The long-awaited cocktail book from one of the world’s top bar arrives with stunning imagery, over 100 recipes and clocks in at over 440 pages long.

In a nod to the same care and craft that The Aviary is known for, the book’s spare-no-expense mentality results in what is likely to be the most covetable cocktail book yet. The tome weighs in over 8 lbs., and was created using fine-art printing and binding, and it’s as much art book as it is a cocktail instructional.

Inside, the book reveals the secrets to the world’s most ambitious cocktails along with tips on flavored ice, elaborate garnishes and even non-alcoholic drinks.

At $85 for the standard edition or $135 for the reserve edition (with split-front display), The Aviary Cocktail Book is not cheap, but it is guaranteed to be treasured.

The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem.Elva Ramirez

The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Jillian Vose

Part graphic novel, part recipe bible, Mixology and Mayhem is the newest book from the acclaimed Dead Rabbit bar team. In this new publication, Muldoon, McGarry and Vose pull back the curtain on their entire drink-making empire, and reveal how they make and structure cocktails but also syrups and tinctures, which comprise the secret sauce in many concoctions.

As beautiful as it is smart, it’s the kind of recipe book that rewards careful study and will deliver new insights with each repeat viewing.

Ritz & EscoffierElva Ramirez

Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef and the Rise of the Leisure Class by Luke Barr

Outside of foodie circles, the name Escoffier may not be very well known. But the partnership, at the turn of the century, between chef Auguste Escoffier and hotelier Cesar Ritz has a cultural influence that lingers to this very day.

Journalist Luke Barr spins the tale of how two ambitious and wildly creative men pushed the boundaries of their respective worlds, and ended up redefining not just cuisine and hotel amenities, but the very idea of attainable luxury.

Through their intertwined stories, readers get a glimpse of travel at the turn of the century London and Paris. The Savoy in London (still acclaimed as home to one of the world’s top bars) was the first hotel in Europe to have electricity and elevators, and "to welcome unaccompanied women."

Be Your Own BartenderElva Ramirez

Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail by Carey Jones and John McCarthy

"To our knowledge, the first flowchart cocktail book out there," journalist Carey Jones says of her new book, co-written with her husband. 

This book is for "the cocktail-curious, whatever their skill level," Jones adds. By following the prompts of the book (fruity or floral? gin or whisky?), you can easily find your way to the drink you didn’t know you craved. There are over 170 recipes, from simple two ingredients mixes to cocktail-bar caliber tips, like infusing your own sencha tea vodka. 

"Even the simplest drinks in this book are tasty and well-balanced," Jones says. "There aren’t any throwaway cocktails in the bunch. If you’re just looking for a great brunch drink, pour some pomegranate juice into Cava and call it a day. We’ll give you the proportions and the garnish."

Nightcap: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening by Kara Newman

There’s something sexy about a nightcap, that last drink after all the drinks have been had.

With over 40 takes on the nightcap, this pretty and approachable book from author Kara Newman features everything from dessert-y cocktails like the Brandy Alexander to digestifs meant to soothe away over-indulgences. Use it as an inspiration ahead of your next night out, or as enticement for ending a date night in style.

Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

If we’re talking about cocktail books (and cocktails), then we need to talk about hangovers.

There are a lucky few adults out there that claim to never experience hangovers. The rest of us have to endure levels of suffering, and we probably have tried multiple hangover cures in the hopes that this time one will work.

Journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall goes on multiple benders (for science, of course) as he aims to discover which of the world’s hair-of-the-dog treatments will work. He also uncovers fascinating research on the physiological aspects of why exactly hangovers hurt so very much (among them, alcohol prevents deep sleep, which means you really do wake up exhausted despite hours of sleep).

The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes by the editors of Punch

Eight small notebooks, organized by spirit and showcasing whimsical illustrations, are packaged in a sturdy slipcase destined for barcarts anywhere.

This giftable drinks volume set (priced at just $20) is designed to easily slip into your (or your friend’s) cocktail library. Along with modern and classic recipes, the small books arrive with space for you to jot down ideas for your own creations.

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2018’s best cocktail books.Elva Ramirez

This holiday season, there’s more than one way to surprise the cocktail nerd in your family. From a do-it-yourself primer to a deep dive into the physics of drinks to what might be the most wanted cocktail book ever, this year offers many ways to bring the magic of the world’s best bars into your home.

Cocktail Codex.Elva Ramirez

Cocktail Codex by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald

The follow-up to the best-selling Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, Cocktail Codex aims to make the entire universe of drinks understandable by going deep into the fundamentals of six iconic drinks. By delving into the history and processes of six cocktails, readers will understand how cocktails evolved over time, and how the world’s top bartenders approach drinks development.

Cocktail Codex features lush photography as well as recipes and insights from top bartenders. It’s a gorgeous collectible for novice and experienced bartenders alike, and it’s set to become an instant classic among the drinks set.

The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, and Allen Hemberger

The long-awaited cocktail book from one of the world’s top bar arrives with stunning imagery, over 100 recipes and clocks in at over 440 pages long.

In a nod to the same care and craft that The Aviary is known for, the book’s spare-no-expense mentality results in what is likely to be the most covetable cocktail book yet. The tome weighs in over 8 lbs., and was created using fine-art printing and binding, and it’s as much art book as it is a cocktail instructional.

Inside, the book reveals the secrets to the world’s most ambitious cocktails along with tips on flavored ice, elaborate garnishes and even non-alcoholic drinks.

At $85 for the standard edition or $135 for the reserve edition (with split-front display), The Aviary Cocktail Book is not cheap, but it is guaranteed to be treasured.

The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem.Elva Ramirez

The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Jillian Vose

Part graphic novel, part recipe bible, Mixology and Mayhem is the newest book from the acclaimed Dead Rabbit bar team. In this new publication, Muldoon, McGarry and Vose pull back the curtain on their entire drink-making empire, and reveal how they make and structure cocktails but also syrups and tinctures, which comprise the secret sauce in many concoctions.

As beautiful as it is smart, it’s the kind of recipe book that rewards careful study and will deliver new insights with each repeat viewing.

Ritz & EscoffierElva Ramirez

Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef and the Rise of the Leisure Class by Luke Barr

Outside of foodie circles, the name Escoffier may not be very well known. But the partnership, at the turn of the century, between chef Auguste Escoffier and hotelier Cesar Ritz has a cultural influence that lingers to this very day.

Journalist Luke Barr spins the tale of how two ambitious and wildly creative men pushed the boundaries of their respective worlds, and ended up redefining not just cuisine and hotel amenities, but the very idea of attainable luxury.

Through their intertwined stories, readers get a glimpse of travel at the turn of the century London and Paris. The Savoy in London (still acclaimed as home to one of the world’s top bars) was the first hotel in Europe to have electricity and elevators, and “to welcome unaccompanied women.”

Be Your Own BartenderElva Ramirez

Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail by Carey Jones and John McCarthy

“To our knowledge, the first flowchart cocktail book out there,” journalist Carey Jones says of her new book, co-written with her husband. 

This book is for “the cocktail-curious, whatever their skill level,” Jones adds. By following the prompts of the book (fruity or floral? gin or whisky?), you can easily find your way to the drink you didn’t know you craved. There are over 170 recipes, from simple two ingredients mixes to cocktail-bar caliber tips, like infusing your own sencha tea vodka. 

“Even the simplest drinks in this book are tasty and well-balanced,” Jones says. “There aren’t any throwaway cocktails in the bunch. If you’re just looking for a great brunch drink, pour some pomegranate juice into Cava and call it a day. We’ll give you the proportions and the garnish.”

Nightcap: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening by Kara Newman

There’s something sexy about a nightcap, that last drink after all the drinks have been had.

With over 40 takes on the nightcap, this pretty and approachable book from author Kara Newman features everything from dessert-y cocktails like the Brandy Alexander to digestifs meant to soothe away over-indulgences. Use it as an inspiration ahead of your next night out, or as enticement for ending a date night in style.

Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

If we’re talking about cocktail books (and cocktails), then we need to talk about hangovers.

There are a lucky few adults out there that claim to never experience hangovers. The rest of us have to endure levels of suffering, and we probably have tried multiple hangover cures in the hopes that this time one will work.

Journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall goes on multiple benders (for science, of course) as he aims to discover which of the world’s hair-of-the-dog treatments will work. He also uncovers fascinating research on the physiological aspects of why exactly hangovers hurt so very much (among them, alcohol prevents deep sleep, which means you really do wake up exhausted despite hours of sleep).

The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes by the editors of Punch

Eight small notebooks, organized by spirit and showcasing whimsical illustrations, are packaged in a sturdy slipcase destined for barcarts anywhere.

This giftable drinks volume set (priced at just $20) is designed to easily slip into your (or your friend’s) cocktail library. Along with modern and classic recipes, the small books arrive with space for you to jot down ideas for your own creations.