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Recipe Books

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The Everything Bartender’s Book

The Everything series is along the lines of the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” or “For Dummies” franchise. This book is a simple cocktail cookbook, with the most basic information and lots of recipes. Great for a beginner.

Death & Co

Despite its morbid name, this is a truly amazing book that has earned its incredible rise up the bestseller lists. The cocktails tend to include some arcane ingredients, but it’s the information, not the recipes, that makes this book great.

Mr. Boston

There’s no arguing with a classic. The first edition was printed in 1935, and it’s been getting updated and modified ever since. A definitive classic that I reference often.

The Ultimate Bar Book

I first saw this book sitting behind the bar at my place of work. When I flipped through it, I decided I must have it. Some of the information is a little outdated (absinthe is no longer illegal, so you can use the real thing when a recipe substitutes Pernod), but it contains tons of recipes, plenty of theory, and an individual description of each of dozens upon dozens of liqueurs.



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Cobbler (3-piece) Shaker

The link above is not an affiliate link, because I don’t own this shaker and haven’t used it, but I chose it because I wanted this type of shaker to be represented, and this one has good reviews. I honestly never use a 3-piece shaker. I had one I purchased at Target, but the top got so jammed I threw it out. The issue generally with cobblers is they never seem to fit right, and trying to get them to work properly while entertaining guests or bartending slows you down a lot. I much prefer a Boston shaker.