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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The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book
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Japanese Whisky
Cork Dork

Book Review: Warehouse H: The Story of Blanton’s Bourbon

By Jonathan Glover | April 2, 2024 |

Blanton’s has reached such a point of saturation in the collective consciousness of bourbon folk that it’s lost all meaning. Both the name and the object. Is it a meme, is it collectible, is it overhyped… is it even any good? The answers are: Yes! Luckily, Dominic Guglielmi’s Warehouse H, based on his website of…

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Book Review: Cowboy Cocktails: 60 Recipes Inspired by the American West

By Rob Theakston | February 16, 2024 |

It’s been over a month since his last one, so another book from Andre Darlington is long past overdue. Today we discuss one of two books scheduled to be published by The James Patterson of Cocktails during the first half of 2024. We affix our gaze to the Wild West, to ask the question: what…

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Book Reviews: Champagne Widows and Madame Pommery

By Rob Theakston | January 26, 2024 |

While historical fiction infused with a romantic twist isn’t typically within my usual literary domain, I may not be the ideal authority to assess the genre’s conventions. However, it is worth noting that author Rebecca Rosenberg has demonstrated an impressive literary output, producing no fewer than six books over the past four years. Notably, two…

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Book Review: Slow Drinks

By Drew Beard | December 22, 2023 |

The idea of “slow food” – embracing local and traditional foods over imported, processed, and speedy alternatives – has been at the forefront of modern cuisine for decades now. You’re probably more familiar with the “farm to table” concept, which is kind of the same thing, although sometimes the farm and the table can still…

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Book Review: A Passion for Whisky

By Rob Theakston | September 17, 2023 |

The tiny Scottish island of Islay counts around 3,000 people as full-time residents but welcomes tens of thousands of tourists annually and counts hundreds of thousands, if not more, fans around the globe swearing regional allegiance. That may prove to be an unsubstantiated hot take in the end, but right now Islay seems to be…

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Book Review: How to Drink Australian

By Rob Theakston | September 16, 2023 |

It is a fun time in the realm of beverage literature. We’ve witnessed a significant shift away from rigid recipe books and academic volumes towards approachable, enlightening works penned by authors deeply devoted to sharing their compelling narratives. Over the past two decades, an abundant collection of relaxed storytelling and entertainment has emerged, covering nearly…

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Book Review: Modern Caribbean Rum: A Contemporary Reference to the Region’s Essential Spirit

By Drew Beard | September 12, 2023 |

2023 was supposed to be a big year for rum, or so said several reputable booze trend analysts. Well, we’re two thirds of the way to 2024, and I still don’t feel like the category has had its moment yet. And I’m honestly not sure why. Rum is as venerable as whiskey or tequila, and…

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Book Review: Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2024

By Rob Theakston | August 27, 2023 |

Unless you, gentle reader, are wearing workman’s overalls or carrying a bag or purse, fitting Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book anywhere on your person is a mildly amusing notion. Now in its 47th year of publication, this guide is incredibly comprehensive, checking in at over 300 pages. It is dense and immense with information on…

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Book Review: A Booze & Vinyl Christmas: Merry Music-and-Drink Pairings to Celebrate the Season

By Rob Theakston | August 21, 2023 |

At a previous place of employment, I was tasked with cataloging and reviewing the upcoming season’s wave of holiday albums in the middle of summer. It was a rather mind-numbing assignment, but as the lowest rung on the editorial ladder, it felt like a weird rite of passage. Nearly 15 years later, I find myself…

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Book Review: How to Make Better Cocktails

By Rob Theakston | August 18, 2023 |

A telltale sign of a solid cocktail recipe book for beginners is the percentage of effort and page count dedicated to discussing techniques, barware, garnishes, styling and other elements necessary to building a decent knowledge base, bar supply, and skill set. And to its credit, How to Make Better Cocktails spends nearly a quarter of…

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