The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Twelve
There are dozens of fantastic cocktail books out there – going back as far as the 19th century. Here are the three that we’ll recommend starting with!
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In today’s Episode…
We’re discussing Chris’ top three cocktail books recommended for folks who want to get started – but not get too crazy! There are hundreds of fantastic cocktail books out there – some of which going all the way back to the 19th century. (Here’s a link to our free list of 25!)
Don’t worry, you won’t need to dust these off in your local library!
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Contrary to our comments in the episode, this book came out in 2003 and has become extremely well known in the industry. Gary (Gaz) is one of the folks often credited with the resurgence of the Craft Cocktail movement overall – and I’m sure this book had a big piece in that!
The great thing about this book is that it’s not just a list of recipes. Rather, Gaz fills it with stories and concepts that help teach the base concepts of mixology so you will have the knowledge to create and adapt recipes
This one’s the cheater! This book is not actually a cocktail book at all – it’s all about wine pairings. But I think Chris makes a good point in including it in this conversation. Unless you’re out at a bar, chances are pretty good you’ll be enjoying your cocktail with food. So knowing the core concepts of pairing food and drinks is a great skill to have!
This book is a great place to start in learning how to pair food and wine – and to leverage those concepts for spirits and cocktails as well.
Last but definitely not least is Food & Wine’s annual publication, called, simply, “Cocktails”. It looks like the 2014 edition is definitely out and it’s a good one – it’s the 10th anniversary edition!
This book comes out every year and is a great way to really stay current on what’s going on in the world of craft cocktails and mixology. While books can become out of date, this publication is released annually and is constantly updated. It’s not expensive either – As I look now on Amazon I see they start at $0.01 for Used copies, even for the 2014 edition! So it’s definitely worth a look – and an inch on your bookshelf.
As we promised, here’s a list of several more of my favorite books – right off my bookshelf!
- Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons
- Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock
- Artisanal Cocktails by Scott Beattie
- Raising the Bar by Nick Mautone
- Complete Book of Spirits by Anthony Dias Blue
- Infused by Susan Elia MacNeal
- Imbibe by David Wondrich
- Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
- Cocktail Techniques by Kazuo Uyeda
- Bon Vivant Guide by Jerry Thomas
- The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes, by Tony Conigliaro
- New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines behind a Revolution in Taste
That’s a wrap!
Hopefully you’ll have the chance to check out one or more of these books soon – I really do highly recommend them.
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We’ll be back next week – until then, let me know what you’re drinking and if you have any more recommendation for great cocktail books. Cheers!