Simon Difford provides the latest incarnation of his encyclopeadic guide to contemporary and classic cocktail recipes. This book is widely regarded as the bartenders bible and was an invaluable guide in producing this website. Highly recommended for the professional barman or home cocktail enthusiast!
A stripped down version of the Difford's guide that presents 500 cocktails that can be made from only 14 spirits. Really well presented and highly recommended for the home mixologist. This is PartyCocktails.com's recommendation for the cocktail beginner.
Simon Difford's Cocktails Made Easy is our recommendation for the home cocktail beginner.
The Essential Cocktail
New cocktails are accompanied by reinvented classics in these excellent books from the father of the modern cocktail: Dale DeGroff. Superb recipes are accompanied by contextual and historical background information as well as recollections and anecdotes from the best mixologist in the business.
Dale DeGroff's shares his mixology secrets in the Essential Cocktail.
Salvatore Calabrese delivers the perfect introduction to the world of classic cocktails. The introductory and background information is excellent with an engrossing and informative exploration of that iconic classic: The Martini.
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails is a beautifully written treatise on classic mixed drinks and long lost cocktail gems, from cocktail fiend Ted Haigh. The author distills a multitude of classic cocktail sources into a handy compendium of the essential mixes of yesteryear. This is a must buy if classic cocktails are your thing.
The Savoy Cocktail Book, by Harry Craddock, is one of the defining cocktail publications from the early part of the 20th century and is still in print today. Most of the recipes here remain as they were in the days before prohibition: short, sharp and very strong. If classic cocktails that remain untamed by a modern mixologist are not your thing, steer clear!
Kingwell's Classic Cocktails is an entertaining ramble through a host of classic cocktails, focusing more on what it means to drink cocktails and why you should bother making them properly rather than elaborating on exactly how to make them (although a few mixing tips are particularly well made!). Its packed full of literary references from Chandler and Hemingway to Wodehouse and Amis.
With Imbibe!, David Wondrich delivers a veritable compendium of cocktail tales that has been painstakingly researched. Wondrich delivers with wit and a real appreciation for what makes a great mixed drink. Highly recommended.
Charles H. Baker was the original bon vivant and recorded his drinking experiences in Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World, which is a reprint of his original Gentleman's Companion.