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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Review: Happy Hour: A Cocktail Card Game

By Christopher Null | December 24, 2021 |

Drinking games can get a little more sophisticated than Quarters and Beer Pong, though perhaps not much more sophisticated, if Happy Hour: A Cocktail Card Game is any guide. This kit includes a deck of 52 cocktail-themed cards, each one bearing a different recipe for a libation. Themed into 13 cocktail “families” — sours, martinis, tiki drinks,…

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Book Review: 101 Craft and World Whiskies To Try Before You Die

By Rob Theakston | December 17, 2021 |

No one gets out of here alive, but Ian Buxton most certainly wants to make sure we’ve had our fill before shuffling off this mortal coil. In fact, one could reach the conclusion that it is his life’s mission. The author of 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die, 101 Gins to Try Before…

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Book Review: On California: From Napa to Nebbiolo… Wine Tales from the Golden State

By Rob Theakston | December 14, 2021 |

The late Steven Spurrier amassed a legacy of wine writing to which only a select few rival. Perhaps one of his most enduring contributions to wine writing is not the writing itself, but the establishment of his Académie du Vin Library, a publishing house whose operation is twofold: to carefully curate new titles highlighting the…

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Book Review: Drinks for Every Season

By Rob Theakston | December 2, 2021 |

This book is not for professional mixologists, advanced hobbyists, or anyone having basic cocktail skills already under their belt. It’s not for anyone who attends Tales of the Cocktail or needs a trip to specialty markets to pick up some obscure ingredient. What this book does do is provide absolute beginners and novices an opportunity…

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Book Review: Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy

By Christopher Null | November 29, 2021 |

Everyone wine lover needs one shelf full of thick books about wine, and fans of France’s best region — depending on who you ask — won’t do much better than Camillo Favaro and Giampaolo Gravina’s Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy on that front. This dense and extensive tome — over 500 pages in length — is…

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Book Review: The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures

By Rob Theakston | November 2, 2021 |

Drinking a well-made beer is a simple joy often taken for granted. There are so many possible ways a brewmaster can deliver a beer that ruins the graceful experience. Overly hopped, out of balanced, excessively syruped, for example. There’s also the very real possibility that someone can write a book that makes drinking beer feel…

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Book Review: Spirits of the Otherworld

By Rob Theakston | September 23, 2021 |

Allison Crawbeck and Rhys Everett are the proprietors of the Last Tuesday Society’s Cocktail Bar, which is part of the Viktor Wynd museum. A quick search into Viktor Wynd reveals Vik to be a “pataphysicist, writer, curator, collector, dilettante, naturalist, and antiquarian… [who] has put on over 500 literary salons, curated over forty art exhibitions…

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Book Review: At Home in The Wine Country

By Rob Theakston | September 20, 2021 |

First, a bit of minor housekeeping: there are no wineries or wine to be found within the 240 pages of At Home In The Wine Country. Those would be found in the excellent companion volume The New Architecture of Wine: 25 Spectacular California Wineries which co-author Heather Sandy Herbert published back in 2019. So if…

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Book Review: Whisky Glory Taster’s Guide Volume #1: Tall Tales & True Stories, A Dewar’s Review Compendium

By Rob Theakston | June 19, 2021 |

Mark Garbin’s first kindle release, Whisky and Romance Manhattan – A Rare Neighborhood Guide to New York Bars & Restaurants: Thirty-Two Fantastic Whisky Palaces to Gaze, Cuddle and Drink Includes the Sexiest Bar In Manhattan, flew under my radar because I am not actively seeking cuddling spots or bars in Manhattan. On the upside: I…

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Book Review: The Japanese Art of the Cocktail

By Rob Theakston | June 18, 2021 |

Here’s a totally unsubstantiated hot take but one which seems to ring with clarity: when it comes to spirits, Japan remains light years ahead of the rest of the world. The overall quality, presentation, knowledge, craftsmanship, and level of expertise are second to none. One needs to look no further than a continuous onslaught of…

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