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The best whiskey, cocktail and liquor books to read right now

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If you love to read as much as you love to drink, there is a world of the best whiskey books and cocktail books for you to browse. Some focus strictly on whiskey, others on beer, and there’s a whole range that provides information on how to make new and classic cocktails.

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The authors of these tomes are experts in the field and the photography is top-notch, making them excellent choices to keep as coffee table books.

Here are nine of the best whiskey books (plus a few more) you should check out right now.


This beautifully packaged boxed set from author Clay Risen, who also works at The New York Times, details the history of Kentucky bourbon through photos, bottle labels, and meticulous research. Plus, it comes with a pull-out drawer where you can find things like distillery maps, photos, and more. Risen is an expert in the whiskey field, and his new book is ideal for seasoned whiskey drinkers as well as newcomers to the category.



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2. Oxford’s companion for spirits and cocktails

Spirits experts and writers David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum have compiled this informative and entertaining reference book. It’s not just whiskey included here, as virtually every type of spirit and cocktail is covered, along with the methodology and process behind them. This is an excellent book that answers all the questions you have about the world of alcohol. Read it cover to cover and consider yourself an expert too.

Oxford Guide to Spirits and Cocktails

Oxford Guide to Spirits and Cocktails

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Interested in an expensive and rare whisky? This book by Patrick Mahe details the world of fine, rare and elusive spirits, with entries ranging from the United States to Scotland and Japan. This beautiful hardcover book comes in a slipcase and includes beautiful photographs of the expensive and coveted whiskey (and whiskey) covered in the book, giving you a chance to live vicariously.

rare whiskey

rare whiskey

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4. World Beer Atlas

If beer is more your speed, the World Beer Atlas: The Essential Guide to the World’s Beers by Tim Webb is the best book on whiskey and cocktails to discover. Webb covers everything here, including beer from Belgium, Finland, Australia, and the United States, of course. This updated third edition includes information on brewing techniques, different styles of beer, and even pairing suggestions that will solidify your knowledge and help you become a beer expert.

World Beer Atlas

World Beer Atlas

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5. Death & Co: Welcome Home

There are so many whiskey and cocktail books to choose from, but the one with the Death & Co name is a sign of quality. The NYC bar, which has expanded to other cities in recent years, is famous around the world as a bastion of cocktail culture. Authors David Kaplan, Alex Day and Nick Fauchald take you on a journey to explain how to select ingredients, mix drinks and why some spirits work better than others. There are many different recipes in this book, along with photographs that you can try pairing your creations with at home.

Mort & Co: Welcome Home

Death & Co: Welcome Home

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6. Westland Distillery: Our West is Whiskey


Interested in the American single malt category? Otherwise, you’re missing out because it’s quite a fascinating and promising style of whiskey. Seattle’s Westland Distillery is one of the best and celebrates its 10th anniversary with this new book. Renowned whiskey writers like Dave Broom and Becky Paskin contribute text, which covers the history of Westland and the future of American single malt in general.

Our West is Whiskey

Our West is Whiskey

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7. A sense of belonging

Award-winning whiskey writer Dave Broom returns with this excellent new book, subtitled A Sense of Place: A Journey Around Scotch Whisky. That sums it up nicely, as Broom travels around Scotland visiting distilleries across the country including Islay, Harris, Orkney and Speyside. As well as an in-depth knowledge of whiskey that few can match, the book contains some very fine photography of some of Scotland’s most iconic whiskeys and distilleries.

A sense of place

A sense of place

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8. Black Mixcellence: A Complete Guide to Black Mixology


This book, by Colin Asare-Appiah and Tamika Hall, pays tribute to the many black and brown bartenders and mixologists who have contributed so much to the craft. Industry figures like Ian Burrell (co-founder of Equiano Rum) and legendary bartender Franky Marshall are featured, along with recipes you can make at home and great photos.

Black Mix

Black Mix

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9. Sammy Hagar’s Cocktails

Sammy Hagar has owned his tequila brand Cabo Wabo for many years, making him one of the first celebrities to get into the spirits business. And now he has a new cookbook, with 85 personal favorite recipes. Guy Fieri wrote the forward (the two also have a tequila called Santo), and award-winning James Beard writer James O. Fraioli also contributed text. There are some really fun cocktails to try in this book, and all of them are pretty simple to make at home with just a few ingredients.

Sammy Hagar's hit cocktails

Sammy Hagar’s hit cocktails

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