Cocktail Books, Great Toasts & More Fun
Best Bartending Guides
These are some of the best cocktail guide books available and are filled with recipes, photographs and tips to guide everyone along the path to the perfect cocktail.
Spirited Magazine Directory
A directory of monthly and bi-monthly periodicals dedicated to the art of fine drinking, specifically distilled spirits and cocktails.
2012 Year in Review: New Cocktail Books
From fun to practical to creative bartending guides filled with recipes, to travel guides for micro-distilleries and bars to get a truly great drink, to the histories of our favorite spirit beverages, this year has seen some great additions to the bar library.
5 Best Cookbooks for Whiskey Lovers
While whiskey enthusiasts may fight over which bourbon is best or which region of Scotland produces the best single malts, everyone can agree that whiskey is a very food friendly spirit. Here are a variety of cookbooks whose recipes will match well with whiskies and offer up a variety of items from pickles to appetizers to desserts.
Winter 2011 Cocktail Book Reading List
A short list of cocktail and bartending books that were released in 2011 and are fun and enlightening reading for the winter season.
Top 10 Cocktail Books of 2009
What a great year for cocktail reading 2009 has been! I'm excited to have seen my bar library grow with such an array of fascinating and informative books and it's refreshing to see more that go far beyond bartending guides and actually tell a story in depth.
Top 10 Cocktail Books of 2008
2008 has been another great year for cocktail literature. From the digests that study history to flavor reference guides and all the advice you could want about using fresh ingredients, this year's book releases cover the gamut of mixology.
The Best Cocktail Books of 2007
It's always interesting to look back on an entire year of book releases. In 2007 we saw a great selection of history collections surrounding cocktails, the bars they have been served in and the savvy bottle slingers behind the bars.
Top 10 Cocktail Books of 2006
Wonderful things came out of the cocktail scene in 2006 and literature was no exception. Going beyond bartending guides filled with recipes, more and more authors are touching on the background and culture surrounding spirits and the concoctions we make out of them.
Quick Toasting Tips
Whether you're on the giving or receiving end of a toast or you're just a guest at the party, there are a few basic rules of etiquette that a will help you avoid most social mishaps.
Toast to the Irish
Irish folk-lore is riddled with inspirational words, stories and songs about luck, love and happiness that have helped the people of the island through many of the most difficult times. Considering the Irish do love their pubs and beer, it is only natural that these colorful phrases were developed into toasts.
Bizz Buzz Drinking Game
How to play Bizz Buzz, a drinking word game.