The next round of the cocktail revival is taking place on the bookshelf. After opening extraordinary bars from coast to coast, mixologists and cocktail authorities are producing some of the best books on drinks and spirits in years. Beyond providing recipes for updated classics and contemporary libations, they are exploring the history of imbibing, the fine points of equipment and technique, and even molecular gastronomy behind the bar. The best books also present a distinct cocktail philosophy that is likely to change the way readers think about and mix drinks, and perhaps, lead them to create few of their own.
Today’s best mixologists have volumes to say about the art of making a good drink.