The PDT Cocktail Book / Courtesy of Sterling Epicure.
In their quest to master classic and new cocktail techniques, mixologists around the country hit the books. To help you prep for the holiday season (and start a gift list), we asked top experts to reveal essential reading materials. With five passionate recommendations, The PDT Cocktail Book, by F&W contributing editor Jim Meehan, garnered sweeping praise for best contemporary release. (Meehan himself gives props to David Wondrich and a tome published in 1930.) Here, a buying guide for every interest, from a Hemingway-inspired book chosen by cocktail genius Dale DeGroff to the oldest selection, Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tender’s Guide, from 1862.
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, by Philip Greene, 2012
Dale DeGroff, author and mixologist: “Phil Greene is the treasurer of the Museum of the American Cocktail. He’s written this marvelous book about the drinks of Hemingway, which also really gets into the life of Hemingway. I’m convinced it’s going to be a best seller.”
Drink & Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book, by Frederic Robert Yarm, 2012
Paul McGee, RPM Italian, Chicago: “I love this book because of Frederic Yarm’s pure honesty. There are more than 500 recipes from Boston bars and restaurants in it and he really reviews all of the cocktails: the good, bad and the ugly—it feels very personal and real.”