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13 Beautiful Cocktail Recipe Books

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Warm weather is fast approaching, making it a great time to perfect your seasonal cocktails. Break out your shaker and jigger because you’re going to need them: These beautiful cocktail recipe books are sure to yield equally beautiful drinks. 

1. SPRITZ; $11

Few things are more refreshing on a hot day than a bubbly cocktail. This book is dedicated to one of Italy’s favorite aperitivo drinks: the Spritz. The beautiful tome explores the history of the classic cocktail and provides 50 different recipes for drinks and snacks to try at home. Each recipes sits beside a full color photograph and elegantly chosen typography.

Find it: Amazon

2. THE PDT COCKTAIL BOOK; $15  

Please Don’t Tell is a popular New York speakeasy known for its creative cocktails. Mixologist and PDT operator Jim Meehan shares some of his favorite recipes and bar secrets in this book, which features more than 304 cocktail recipes—featuring vibrantly colored illustrations by Chris Gall—as well as tips and tricks of the trade.

Find it: Amazon

3. THE DEAD RABBIT DRINKS MANUAL; $16 

Here's another quality New York City cocktail lounge with a beautiful recipe book. Founder Sean Muldoon and bar manager Jack McGarry tell some of the bar's tales and outline its recipes for its cocktails, each of which is accompanied by a detailed history of the drink as well as stunning photographs.

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4. THE CRAFT COCKTAIL PARTY; $17 

Author Julie Reiner is often credited with helping revive craft cocktails. She co-owns a selection of cocktail bars in New York and was named one of 2014's Top 10 Mixologists by Food & Wine. With credentials like these, it's no surprise that this is one serious recipe book. With plenty of full color photographs, the tome is perfect as a coffee table book when you’re not referencing it.

Find it: Amazon

5. THE COCKTAIL CHRONICLES; $17 

If books authored by professional mixologists intimidate you, this guide—written by Imbibe! editor Paul Clarke—might be a better fit. This book provides simple recipes that are easily replicated, and small, charming illustrations of tools and drinks are tucked into the columns to keep things interesting.

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6. PARIS COCKTAILS; $13 

Save money on airfare by creating lovely Parisian cocktails right in your own living room. This extensive guide comes with more than 100 recipes inspired by the French capital. Along with recipes, the book also gives tips for how to throw swanky Parisian-themed parties and provides reviews of Paris and American bars. The whole thing is housed in a beautiful red book with a martini glass cut-out showing a map of Paris. 

Find it: Amazon

7. AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO COCKTAILS; $14

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber brings Orr Shtuhl's cocktail recipes to life with playful illustrations of penguins, foxes, and more. Each recipe comes with an adorable cartoon; for example, the Sidecar recipe comes with a drawing of a man in a sidecar while the recipe for Blood and Sand has a picador and bull.

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8. COCKTAILS OF THE MOVIES; $13 

Enjoy a White Russian like The Dude or sip on a Champagne Cup like M. Gustave with this helpful guide to cinematic cocktails. Each recipe comes with a history of the drink, some context from the movie, and a full-page illustration of the character who drank it. 

Find it: Amazon

9. THE BARTENDER’S GUIDE; $40

Fall back on an old classic with this reprint of an 1862 cocktail guide, which is considered the first serious American recipe book on cocktails and punches. The reprint from Cocktail Kings comes with a beautiful green hardcover. 

Find it: Amazon

10. BEACHBUM BERRY’S POTIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN; $27 

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry provides some insight into some tropical drinks that capture the tiki bar aesthetic. There are 77 vintage Caribbean drink recipes inside, alongside stories of the people who created, served, and enjoyed the drinks. The fun recipe book is filled with colorful layouts, vintage illustrations, and rare historical photos.

Find it: Amazon

11. HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK; $13

For new parents: Unwind with a cocktail made after the kids are asleep. Each of the 20 recipes comes with a little nursery rhyme and an adorable ‘50s-style illustration by Eda Kaban. The clever book comes with board pages, so it can discreetly hide amongst your children’s books.

Find it: Amazon

12. A VISUAL GUIDE TO DRINK; $19 

Pop Chart Lab, known for their highly detailed posters and glassware, also has a book. This visual guide offers infographics, maps, charts, and recipes laid out in perfectly structured formats. Drinking has never been so organized! 

Find it: Amazon

13. TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD; $9 

This literary cocktail recipe book is perfect for any bookworm. It offers 65 different drink recipes with punny names like “Romeo and Julep” and “A Rum of One’s Own.” Each recipe is nicely paired with commentary about the history of the book being used as inspiration. Along with drinks, the book also details various bar snacks and drinking games to go along with your cocktails. Best of all, there are impressive illustrations throughout the book by Lauren Mortimer. 

Find it: Amazon

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A Restaurant In Australia Is Garnishing Its Margaritas With Frozen Eyeballs
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A cocktail special at a new restaurant in Australia has fallen under the global gaze thanks to its floating gaze. As Nerdist reports, Faro Tapas, a new Spanish eatery at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), offers a black margarita garnished with a frozen bull eyeball.

The frosty drink contains tequila, mezcal, lime, and charcoal (presumably for color). It's served in a glass with a black salted rim and the aforementioned toothpick-skewered peeper.

Gourmet Traveller recommends that those brave enough to sample Faro Tapas's bovine booze drink it quickly, as the eyeball's ice casing melts. (If you're willing to risk brain freeze to avoid eye mush, this sounds like a smart move.)

That said, adventurous drinkers with stomachs of steel might find Faro Tapas's eyeball-garnished margarita tame compared to the Yukon Territory's Sourtoe cocktail (it contains a dehydrated human toe) and countless other weird and wacky cocktails served up around the world. Bottoms (and eyeballs) up!

[h/t Nerdist]

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Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
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The health benefits of wine can sometimes be overstated by people who are a few glasses deep and slurring their words. Should you ever find yourself in a position to defend your moderate imbibing, you have supporting evidence: A new study says two glasses of wine daily can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts of variables can influence the glymphatic system's operation, including trauma, stroke, and excessive alcohol intake.

But when researchers dosed the mice in the study with moderate alcohol—amounting to 2.6 drinks daily—the glymphatic system was more efficient, removing more waste and exhibiting less inflammation than the teetotaling control mice.

As is usually the case when it comes to booze, you can have too much of a good thing. When mice got the equivalent of 7.9 drinks daily, their glymphatic system grew sluggish until the overindulging was terminated.

"Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," lead study author Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a press statement. "This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

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