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: 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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Book Review: World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World 3rd Edition

By Rob Theakston | March 12, 2022 |

The world is changing. Beer is changing. Everything changes and that seems to be the only certainty we have available left in our 2022 survival toolkit. So, it makes sense that Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont would head back to the word processor and give their comprehensive World Atlas of Beer a third revision to…

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Book Review: Rare Whisky: Explore the World’s Most Exquisite Spirits

By Rob Theakston | March 11, 2022 |

Simply put: Patrick Mahe’s Rare Whisky compendium is an incredibly exquisite coffee table book. It is an absolute delight to get lost in the high-resolution photography of some of the world’s most sought-after bottles while sipping on something which is most likely (more on that in a second) not contained in the book’s 200+ pages.…

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Book Review: Spirit of the North

By Christopher Null | February 26, 2022 |

As a guy who runs a website about alcohol and who’s married to a Swede, I read “spirit of the north” literally: The spirit of the north is of course aquavit, or maybe vodka, depending on the season. Of course, Selma Slabiak’s book isn’t intended to be so literal: For her, the spirit of the…

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Book Review: Fever-Tree Easy Mixing

By Rob Theakston | February 25, 2022 |

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to sample some of the best of the best mixers and of those, the name Fever-Tree consistently appears at the top of the list. Whether it’s ginger ale, ginger beer, lemon mixers, club soda, or just plain tonic water, the outcome is always an enjoyable one and improves…

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Book Review: The Atlas of Bourbon & American Whiskey

By Rob Theakston | February 23, 2022 |

In what is becoming an increasingly gluttonous market of bourbon and American whiskey-related books, the ability to stand out and provide a new perspective grows ever more challenging. How many times does one need to read about mashbill recipes before wanting to hurl themselves into a fermentation tank? How many times does one need to…

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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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