Books

Drinkhacker’s books category covers everything from the history of drink to cocktail recipe collections and more. Books are rated using the same letter grade scale as our beverage reviews.

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Book Review: Dressed to Swill: Runway Ready Cocktails Inspired by Fashion Icons

By Rob Theakston | May 12, 2022 |

The extent to which I actively participate in the fashion universe typically begins and ends with songs from David Bowie and the Kinks. So, while I am most certainly not the target audience for Dressed to Swill, author/editor Jennifer Croll and illustrator Daiana Ruiz do an excellent job inventing cocktail recipes inspired by fashion icons…

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Book Review: The Art of Whisky: The Vanishing Spirits of Single Malt Scotch

By Rob Theakston | May 11, 2022 |

When photographer Charles Button named this book, he could not have been more literal. The Art of Whisky does not speak to the chemical construction and craft of spirits, nor does it consider bottles or label artwork, as each already enjoys numerous volumes of published commentary. Instead, it presents the patterns of various whiskies as…

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Book Review: Batch Cocktails

By Christopher Null | April 19, 2022 |

What’s the difference between a batch cocktail and a punch? Nothing really, except perhaps for scale. In Maggie Hoffman’s slim but well-tuned Batch Cocktails, each recipe will net you about 8 to 12 servings from a 2-quart pitcher. Perfect for a sizable dinner party, but if you want to host a rager, you’ll need to triple…

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Book Review: Black Mixcellence – A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology

By Rob Theakston | April 4, 2022 |

Author and hospitality industry leader Tamika Hall partnered with Former Discovery Channel star and spirits expert Colin Asare-Appiah (The Cocktail Kings) for Black Mixcellence, a compendium of 70 recipes culled from Asare-Appiah’s own repertoire and contributions of African-American mixologists from across the nation. The recipes are reasonably straightforward and easy to follow, with Asare-Appiah’s rum-based…

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Book Review: Booze & Vinyl 2 and Booze & Vinyl Matching Game

By Rob Theakston | April 1, 2022 |

Sequels are rarely as good as the first installment. However, leading your latest book off with quotes from legendary DJs Cosmo Murphy and John Peel provides a promising sign of good things ahead. Thankfully this is indeed the case with Tenaya and Andre Darlington’s follow-up to their most enjoyable Booze & Vinyl inaugural edition from…

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Book Review: Lodi! The Definitive Guide and History of America’s Largest Winegrowing Region

By Rob Theakston | March 31, 2022 |

This book is massive in both senses of the word. This large-format book is coffee-table thick and could easily provide the reader with a solid arm workout while holding it up to be read. It also covers every imaginable angle on Lodi and could very well serve as the definitive work on the region. Thanks…

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Book Review: Islay Whisky: From Ardbeg to Port Ellen

By Rob Theakston | March 29, 2022 |

Distilando is an app that, according to their website, aims to thoroughly educate users about the spirits they love. Here, users may find all the bottles they’ve always wanted and track/display their collection. The site and app are currently in “invite only” mode, so I cannot speak to the validity of these claims. But they…

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Book Review: Claridge’s – The Cocktail Book

By Rob Theakston | March 21, 2022 |

When stepping into the bar at Claridge’s, the art deco design isn’t just a half-baked attempt or superfluous fly-by-night trendy imitation of the golden age, it’s the genuine article. The aesthetic and care to detail are something to be respected, the entire experience classy from start to finish. So, it makes sense that Director of…

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Book Review: The Official Guinness Cookbook

By Rob Theakston | March 16, 2022 |

According to the introduction to The Official Guinness Cookbook the iconic stout has been around for over 250 years, and chances are folks have been cooking with Guinness for nearly just as long. There’s validity to the notion it should not have taken this long for the brewery to furnish an official cookbook: a quick…

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Book Review: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider

By Christopher Null | March 15, 2022 |

A more straightforward book title you won’t easily find: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider is as no-nonsense as it gets, and indeed, so is the book. If you’ve got questions about pairing cheese with alcohol, writers Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley aim to answer them, offering 75 “perfect pairings,” roughly a third of the book devoted to…

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