If you're already dreaming of the magical feeling of the sea lapping at your toes the rhythmic tones of the cocktail shaker and the chinking of ice in the background, it can only mean one thing ... summer is on its way.
While we're not going all Tom Cruise and Cocktail on you, summer is the perfect excuse to dust down the home bar and get to work shaking, mixing and stirring.
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Although, if it's been a while, you'll probably want to refresh your skills with what's hot and what's new before you declare "bar open." With that in mind, here are 3 new release cocktail books that should save you from thirst this summer:
Best Cocktail Books
Finding Mezcal, A Journey into the Liquid Soul of Mexico, with 40 Cocktails by Rob Cooper and Chantal Martineau - June, 2018
If you can't resist the distinct smokey notes of Mezcal, Finding Mezcal, should be the perfect summer companion. In this ode to all things related to the potent agave fermented spirit, artist Rob Cooper concentrates on various new mezcals, from their producers to their production methods.
If all that reading works up a thirst, you can alwasy take your pick of 40 recipes developed for Del Maguey by chefs and bartenders from around the world.
Also, check out 4 bars to enjoy Mezcal in New York
Available from Penguin books
Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual by Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Ten Speed Press - April 2018
Craft cocktail bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler shows amateurs the ropes in this novel illustrated guide for cocktail beginners. In his characteristic wry style, he delivers around 100 succinct lessons from drinking culture to how to drink at the airport. What's more, he teaches us how to nail a selection of starter recipes, from a Dry Gin Martini to a Batched Old-Fashioned.
Available from Amazon
Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion by Drew Lazor, Ten Speed Press – May 2018
If years of daytime drinking practice have taught us one thing, it's slow and steady wins the race! - hence our pick of the aptly named "session cocktails" book, designed specifically for all-day drinking. Yes, that's right. This is the neat guide with over 60 reasons to drink low proof cocktails, and not suffer on flavour, where industry known mixologists like Will Elliot, Natasha David, Dale DeGroff and Leo Robitschek take us responsibly from brunch to the end of the night. Expect drinks like Mermaid Parade (Aperol, raspberry liqueur, grapefruit juice, and egg white) and Far East Side (sake, elderflower, tequila, and lemon) and of course, low-proof versions of classic favourites.
Available from Amazon