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Summer’s Best New Cocktail and Spirits Books

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Read any good books lately?

Though beachy book lists are typically easy to master, there are only so many consecutive pages of Nicholas Sparks novels one person can handle. Enter the best new boozy reads.


Summer reading rut or not, every liquor-lover should add these recent releases to their queue. In the mood for all things whiskey or need a few tips on throwing your best shindig ever, cocktails and all? These expert authors have you covered.

The Art of American Whiskey  by Noah Rothbaum ($20)

“American whiskey is currently having an unprecedented revival,” says Noah Rothbaum in his three-month-old chronicle of whiskey in the United States, The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, Through 100 Iconic Labels. One tour around a liquor store confirms this happy fact. This book takes a look at the storied spirit through labels and photos from the Colonial era through present day.

The Negroni  by Gary Regan ($19)

Rarely is a cocktail so lauded and loved by the bartending community as the Negroni. The trifecta of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth has been one of Gary (aka Gaz) Regan’s favorites for more than a decade (care for one of his finger-stirred Negronis, anyone?). This new book by one of the industry’s most loved veterans celebrates Negroni history and twists on the simple recipe, disregarding any concerns about how wacky the recipes may be. We’ll have one Pizza Negroni, please!

Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water  by Eric Prum and Josh Williams ($25)

Half the fun of summer is drinking al fresco and finally getting around to all of those DIY projects you’ve been saving up all year. And the best kind of DIY project? Infusions. While not all of the infusions in this book deal in ABV, they’ll all make outdoor dining that much more appealing. And a baguette dipped in rosemary-infused olive oil is only complete with a roasted pineapple–infused mezcal on the rocks. Get the recipe here.

The Craft Cocktail Party  by Julie Reiner ($26)

Need a few pointers before you throw your next cocktail party? Julie Reiner, Liquor.com advisory member and co-owner of famed New York bars Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge, comes to the rescue with this helpful guide, released in May. With years of experience behind the stick and having thrown her own boozy bashes, Reiner provides a home cocktailian with sufficient ammo to survive parties big and small with plenty of booze to go around. Planning a shindig in summer or during the holidays has never been so easy.


Series & Type: Entertaining NewsBooks

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