10 Must-Read Books for Bartenders

Whether you’re a professional hoping to expand your knowledge or a newbie looking to pick up some new skills, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best books to improve your bartending knowledge.

From tools of the trade and techniques to vintage cocktail recipes and modern classics, there’s something for everyone in our list of books for bartenders. Written by some of the most prominent mixologists in the history of cocktails, there are insights for everyone from seasoned pros to complete novices.

1. The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

Written by award-winning bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, this book is great for getting to grips with the essential techniques of bartending and mixology.

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2. The Joy of Mixology

This popular read has been referred to as the “cocktail bible”, offering a comprehensive study of the art of bartending.

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3. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails

Featuring more than 500 innovative and creative cocktail recipes, this book also delves into the theory, philosophy and techniques of drink making.

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4. Cocktail Codex

From the authors that brought you Death & Co featured above, this book provides a complete look into the fundamentals of cocktail creation.

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5. Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail

One for our more advanced mixologists, food science writer and innovator Dave Arnold examines some of the more technical aspects of great cocktail building and pays attention to the important details.

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6. The Curious Bartender Volume II: The New Testament of Cocktails

A blend of perfected classics and game-changing reinventions, this book is renowned for being a bartender must-read.

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7. The Savoy Cocktail Book

First published in 1930, The Savoy Cocktail Book oozes decadence and sophistication as it guides you through a myriad of delectable refreshments from cocktails and coolers to sours and slings.

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8. Meehans Bartender Manual

Acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan guides you through the hows and whys behind his creative process. Perfect whether you’re taking your skills to the next level or an enthusiastic amateur.

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9. The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy

Another from Jim Meehan, this stunningly illustrated book uncovers the behind-the-bar secrets of New York’s PDT bar along with 304 cocktail recipes.

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10. The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

Providing an in-depth look at the famous cocktails of the Waldorf Astoria that helped shape cocktail culture in NYC and is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge from amateur to professional.

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