Spirited Miami’s 2016 Most Anticipated Cocktail Books! (PART I)

Have we ever told you we love books?

We are always searching for the best cocktail books out there, we think 2016 is going to be a groundbreaking year for cocktail books.

Here are our picks for most anticipated through the first half of the year:

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Author:  Martin Cate, Rebecca Cate
Release date:  June 7th, 2016

From one of America’s most popular bars, San Francisco’s own, Smugglers Cove creates an illustrated guide on everything tiki and rum.  Expect 75 cocktail recipes put together by Martin Cate one of the leading experts on tiki culture.

Pre-order here.

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Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations
Author:  Warren Bobrow
Release Date:  June 1st, 2016

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From the author who brought us Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today as well as Bitters and Shrub Syrup:  Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Warren Bobrow is no stranger to cocktail writing. He is known as the cocktail whisperer so when we this soon-to-be released title we knew we were in good hands.

With the U.S. slowly progressing to ending another prohibition, Bobrow intellectually and scientifically digs into cocktails infused with cannabis.  Whether this is the wave of the future or not, this has probably crossed your mind.  Bobrow leads us into a world that had no guide and puts it all on paper.  Expect this one to get a lot of attention!

Pre-order here.

The Whiskeys of Ireland
Author:  Peter Mulryan
Release Date:  May, 28th 2016

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A beautiful book full of photographs and rich history.  Everything you wanted to know about Irish Whiskey is in this book!  Take a ride through the history of Ireland and Irish Whiskey and see how intertwined both are.  As Irish Whiskey continues to grow in popularity, so do the distilleries.

And as the excerpt says:
“A generation ago there were only two distilleries in Ireland: now it’s 31, with seven new ones this year alone.”

Expect this book to become your Irish Whiskey guide.

Pre-order here.

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book
Author:  Frank Caiafa
Release Date:  May 17th, 2016

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“Frank Caiafa—master mixologist and manager of the Peacock Alley bar in the Waldorf Astoria—stirs in recipes, history, and how-to while serving up a heady mix of the world’s greatest cocktails. Learn to easily prepare pre-Prohibition classics such as the original Manhattan, or daiquiris just as Hemingway preferred them. Caiafa also introduces his own award-winning creations, including the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour named for the famous Waldorf resident.”

Pre-order here.

Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans
Author:  Elizabeth M. Williams, Chris McMillian
Release Date:  May 2nd, 2016

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Have you been to New Orleans?  Have you strolled through the street of the French Quarter and jumped from bar to bar to visit the history of cocktails?   New Orleans is the place and now with a guide!  Expect cocktails like the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz to come alive in this book while you learn not only formulations but the history of each unique and interesting cocktail.  With a foreword by none other than the King of Cocktail, Dale Degroff!

Pre-order here.

Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn’t Supposed To
Author:  Paul Dickson
Release Date:  April 26th, 2016

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Prohibition was around for a long time.  Did Americans stop drinking?  No!  They got creative.  This book digs into the history of prohibition and uncovers the way America drank during this very, very, very dark time.  Expect history, photographs and recipes to take you back to a time where Americans were all breaking the law.

Pre-order here.

Aperitivo: The Cocktail Culture of Italy
Author:  Marisa Huff, Joe Bastianich
Release Date:  April 5th, 2016

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According to wikipedia:
“An apéritif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite, and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet. Common choices for an apéritif are vermouth; champagne; pastis; gin; rakı; fino, amontillado or other styles of dry sherry (but not usually cream sherry, which is very sweet and rich); and any still, dry, light white wine.”

In Italy, aperitivo hour is embraced and has been for a very long time.  Expect variations on all your favorite Italian cocktails including the Negroni, Bellini and the spritz to name a few.

A great guide to expand your cocktail knowledge in the realm of aperitivos.

Pre-order here.

Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker
Author:  Jules Aron
Release Date:  April 11th, 2016

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Green drinks and ham?  Expect great cocktails with fresh ingredients with wellness in mind.  Another book chock full of photographs and delicious recipes for the cocktailian looking for fresh, healthy and revitalizing ingredients.

Pre-order here.

There you have it folks, this is part I one of the first half of 2016.

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