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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.

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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.

Find it: Amazon

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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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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