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Best Beach (Bartending) Reads

Whether you're on a beach or bellying up to the bar, we've got your summer reading covered.
Patrons browse the selection of books inside the Tales of the Cocktail@ Bookstore and Bitters Market.
Patrons browse the selection of books inside the Tales of the Cocktail@ Bookstore and Bitters Market.
It's that time of the year where the "best beach reads" lists abound, full of paperback thrillers and cheesy summer romances. Mix up your beach bag this year and brush up on your bartending knowledge with our 2017 Spirited Award nominees. Whether it's a delightfully illustrated guide to whiskey (en Français!) or a brand-new spirits magazine from Edinburgh that will make your graphic design friends geek out, we've got your summer reading list fully stocked.

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book

  • 101 Cocktails to Try Before You Die by Francois Monti
  • A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson
  • A Spot at the Bar: Welcome to The Everleigh by Michael Madrusan & Zara Young
  • Difford's Guide to Cocktails #12 by Simon Difford
  • Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske with Georgette Moger-Petraske
  • Shake.Stir.Sip. by Kara Newman
  • Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin & Rebecca Cate
  • The Canon Cocktail Book by Jamie Boudreau and James O. Fraioli
  • The Complete Cocktail Manual by Lou Bustamante
  • The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book by Frank Caiafa

A peek at the inside of Smuggler's Cove, courtesy of Amazon.com A peek at the inside of Smuggler's Cove, courtesy of Amazon.com

Best New Spirits Book

  • Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey by Fred Minnick
  • Colonial Spirits: A Toast to our Drunken History by Steven Grasse
  • Le whisky c'est pas sorcier by Mickaël Guidot (Author) & Yannis Varoutsikos (Illustrations)
  • TEQUILA COCKTAILS by Brian Van Flandern
  • Whiskey: A Spirited Story with 75 Classic and Original Cocktails by Michael Dietsch

Guidot's delightfully illustrated guide to whisk(e)y, image courtesy of Amazon.com A delightfully illustrated guide to whisk(e)y, image courtesy of Amazon.com

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

  • Australian Bartender
  • Class Magazine
  • Cocktail Wonk
  • Difford's Guide (diffordsguide.com)
  • DRiNK Magazine
  • Drinks International
  • Hot Rum Cow
  • Liquor.com
  • Rumporter Magazine
  • The Daily Beast Drink + Food

Hot Rum Cow is a gorgeously designed magazine (all about booze) based in the UK. Hot Rum Cow is a gorgeously designed magazine (all about booze) based in the UK.

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