Just like sunscreen and a jumbo umbrella, a good book is a must if you’re headed to the beach this summer. Here are some of our favorite new reads, which will keep you entertained no matter where your travels take you.
If you are a professional bartender or would like to become one, pick up a copy of Liquor.com advisor Gary Regan’s latest. It’s full of advice and bios of prominent mixologists, plus it includes recipes for his 101 Best New Cocktails.
Author Christine Sismondo explores the important role that bars have played in this country’s culture, from colonial times to the modern day. The scholarly but engaging tome will be released at the beginning of July.
There’s one thing Bernie Lubbers definitely knows about: bourbon. He deftly covers the history, production and consumption of the quintessential American spirit, with a jigger of humor thrown in for good measure.
The Long Run ($26) by Matt Long with Charles Butler:
Bar owner, firefighter and marathoner Matt Long was run over by a bus during the New York transit strike in December 2005 and nearly killed. Read this gripping and inspirational account of his battle for survival and his ultimate recovery.
The second volume of lively portraits of bartenders, musicians and bon vivants by talented artist Jill DeGroff comes out next month. It’s packed with colorful illustrations and tasty cocktail recipes. (Save $5 and get an autographed copy if you order it from Kingcocktail.com.)