Three cool reads for hot days

The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts by Camper English

As you’re sweltering under yet another heat dome, let this renowned expert in all things cocktail cool you down with his treatise on the unsung hero of every drink. This handy guide offers everything you need to know about directional freezing, carving ice into diamonds, embedding it with garnishes and dozens of other frosty projects.


The New York Times Essential Book of Cocktails (Second Edition): Over 400 Classic Drink Recipes With Great Writing from The New York Times by Steve Reddicliffe

Everyone needs that quintessential tome packed with hundreds of recipes; might as well make it this one. It’s an update from the 2015 original, by the paper of record’s deputy travel editor, and includes recipes for both classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as cordials, shrubs, bitters and non-alcoholic drinks. Plus a complete guide to home entertaining and interviews with some of the biggest names in cocktails.


Portland Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City of Roses by Nicole Schaefer

We all know that Portland is a terrific place to go for a great cocktail or two. Now we can experience its vintage cocktail lounges, tropical themed bars and hidden gems from the comfort of our own home bars—and shake up some of the best drinks from its talented craft bartenders.

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