New cocktail and spirits books to read

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 05:00 |
Cocktail and spirits books.

This season brings a strong and holiday-gifting-ready crop of new booze-related books.

The pandemic pushed a number of books to later in the year, and some even further into 2022, but there’s plenty on offer in time for the holiday season.

It seems like there’s a cocktail book to suit every interest. There’s a book for those who love art (Art Boozel); hip-hop music (Can I Mix You a Drink, from T-Pain); flowers (The Flower-Infused Cocktail) or the occult (Spirits of the Underworld).

While it’s tempting to fret that these books don’t exactly centre cocktail culture, instead, it’s worth celebrating that they can help spark interest in drinks through the lens of other pastimes, encouraging a broader set of people to pick up a cocktail shaker.

However, for those seeking a more serious approach to learning about cocktail-making, two forthcoming volumes stand out: Welcome Home, the third book from the Death & Co team, and The Way of the Cocktail, a drill-down on Japanese-style cocktails, from the proprietor of Chicago cocktail bar Kumiko.

Whether you’re thinking about books to gift or to get, these notable newcomers offer something for every type of drinker.

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