Boozy books for exploring the world

We’re not travelling very far these days, so let these new cocktail books take you on a global adventure this winter


Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond, by Ivy Mix (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, $33.99)

In this beautifully photographed book, the multi-award-winning co-founder of Speed Rack takes our palates on a spicy journey through Mexico, the Caribbean, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, with a stop at her own Brooklyn bar, Leyenda.



Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, by David Lebovitz (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, $37)

Just because you can’t get to France right now doesn’t mean you can’t create your own Parisian bistro at home. The bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen serves up more than 160 recipes for apéritifs, café favourites, chic cocktails and snacks to go with.



The United States of Cocktails: Recipes, Tales, and Traditions from All 50 States (and The District of Columbia), by Brian Bartels (Abrams Image, $31.99)

With the U.S. border shut and coronavirus numbers rising, we’re not likely to be heading south any time soon. Luckily, we can enjoy a Maryland-style Orange Crush, Jackson Hole Sloshie or Salt Lake City Wray Daq—and the stories that go with them—at home, thanks to this spirited journey across America.



Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival With 60 Recipes, by Chloe Frechette (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, $24.99

Frechette, who is a senior editor at PUNCH, tells the story of tropical drink culture’s revival in 60 recipes that simplify the classics like Beachcomber’s Gold and Fog Cutter, as well as offering modern takes on tiki. It’s the best way to get to the islands this winter.



Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Lowlife Gangsters, by Vince Pollard (Prestel Publishing, $19.95)

This pocket-sized recipe collection transports you to the speakeasies of Prohibition-era America with anecdotes of the gangsters who frequented them, and the hooch they drank. Each character (some real, some fictional) is illustrated by comic book artist Shawn McManus.



The New Craft of The Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes, by Dale DeGroff (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, $47)

The cocktail bible that revolutionized drink culture when it was first released in 2002 has been fully revised and updated with more than 100 brand-new recipes, all-new photography, and an up-to-date history of the cocktail. A must for any cocktail aficionado.

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