The 5 Best Cocktail Books of 2023

Looking to update your cocktail library? There are some classic cocktail books that you absolutely must have on your bookcase and some brand-new ones that will spice up your cocktail-making game. Bartending is all about balancing those classic cocktails with fancy new creations, so it makes sense to have a variety of books to get your inspiration. Check out our pick of the best books in the business.

The Difford’s Guide to Cocktails, Simon Difford

There are two books that every professional bartender worth their shaker reaches for on a regular basis. The first is the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. The second is The Difford’s Guide to Cocktails. If there is ever a question about how to make a cocktail, or the measurements needed to get it right, Difford’s is the ultimate rule. If Difford’s says you’ve got it wrong, you’d best amend that recipe right away!

The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart

If gin is your poison, you need this book in your life. This takes you deeper than the recipe itself, giving you tips on pairing botanicals and even how to grow your own sloes to create sloe gin. Stun your guests at your next gin cocktail party by imparting the wisdom you’ll gain in this book and showing yourself to be the true master of botanicals.

The Craft of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff

Want 500 recipes in one book? This is the one for you! Dale DeGroff is a well-known name in the cocktail business, often credited for bringing back the craft cocktail trend. If professional mixologists are paying attention, then you should be too – this guy knows what he’s talking about. And his cocktail wisdom will help you make some super tasty drinks!

The 12 Bottle Bar, David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

Beginner mixologists will love this book, which provides over 200 recipes based on just 12 bottles. You don’t need to start with 12 – they’re not used in every recipe, but this will help you build up a solid base of ingredients, so you’ll always be able to create tasty drinks for your guests. The ideal reference book, it is also full of tips to help hone your craft.

Make Me A Cocktail Top 50 Home Bar Cocktails, Nicholas Wilkins and Astrid Bowser

Of course, we couldn’t have a list of cocktail books without including our own offering! We might be biased, but we think this is the best cocktail book for fans of our website. Over the past 13 years, we’ve gotten to know you all pretty well, so we know exactly what you want from a cocktail book. We’ve put together a great combination of classic, easy, and more challenging drinks, so you can take your bartending game to the next level!

Got any other suggestions for cocktail books that you couldn’t live without? Let us know! Your cocktail library can never be too full in our opinion!

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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.


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