Poolside reading

Looking for a good beach read this summer?
These new books will quench your thirst for words and cocktails alike


Flask: 41 Portable Cocktails to Drink Anywhere

by Sarah Baird (Chronicle Books)

Looking for a drink to go? This handsomely illustrated book has got you covered with 41 classic and contemporary recipes for cocktails to tuck in your purse, pocket or backpack.

Available July 23.


Cocktails with a Twist: 21 Classic Recipes. 141 Great Cocktails

by Kara Newman (Chronicle Books)

Kara Newman is the spirits editor at Wine Enthusiast and the author of four cocktail books, so we’re willing to sip whatever she’s serving. In this case, it’s more than 100 clever variations on 21 classic cocktails.

Available August 27.


That’s the Spirit! 100 of the World’s Greatest Spirits and Liqueurs to Drink with Style

by Jonathan Ray (Quadrille)

The drinks editor of the Spectator, who was previously the drinks editor of GQ and the anonymous Bar Spy for Imbibe magazine, is the perfect guide for this trip through the world of 100 spirits and liqueurs to enjoy at home and abroad.

Available now.


Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion

by Maggie Hoffman (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale)

Make entertaining easy with this guide to batch cocktail-making. It includes 65 pitcher-perfect make-ahead recipes and loads of tips from the cocktail writer for the website Serious Eats.

Available now.


Let’s Get Tropical: More than 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks

by Georgi Radev (DK)

If you prefer your cocktails fruity and rum-laced and perhaps garnished with a wee umbrella, this is the book for you. It features more than 50 tropical drinks from Mai Tais to Mojitos, many of them with zero-proof options.

Available now.


Botany at the Bar: The Art and Science of Making Bitters

by Selena Ahmed, Ashley Duval and Rachel Meyer (Shambhala)

An indispensable guide to making your own bitters—as well as syrups, shrubs and cocktails—at home.

Available now.



Happy Hour: The Cocktail Card Game

by Laura Gladwin, illustrated by Marcel George (Laurence King)

Stuck in a tent or in the back seat on a long road trip? This card game will keep you entertained on lazy summer days. It features illustrated cards of 52 iconic drinks, including short histories and full recipes for each drink.

Available August 6.


Also look forward to Great Northern Cocktails by Victoria’s Shawn Soole (Mixellany UK), featuring recipes from 150 of Canada’s top bartenders, expected by early fall.

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