2021 Bar Industry Holiday Gift Guide: Books

bar industry holiday gift guide books

Have a bibliophile bartender in your life? Look no further than our list of books perfect for holiday gifting to your favorite bartender or bar manager.


Rare Whisky by Patrick Mahé

rare whiskey bar industry holiday gift guide Rare Whisky is a stylish exploration of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies, packaged in a hardback book with slipcase. This book looks at the most exceptional whiskies across the world, focusing on key producers such as Scotland, Ireland, the USA, and Japan, as well as interesting rarities from the likes of India and Taiwan. With beautiful photography of extremely rare bottles, from a breathtaking 1920s vintage sold at auction to the best offerings from recent years, Rare Whisky is essential reading for all whisky lovers. $43.40



Mixology & Murder by Kierra Sondereker

mixology and murder holiday gift guidePerfect for the bartender who’s also a true crime fan, Mixology and Murder: Cocktails Inspired by Infamous Serial Killers, Cold Cases, Cults, and Other Disturbing True Crime Stories by Kierra Sondereker is a new, full-color book that adds a twist of true crime to 60 classic cocktails. Accompanied by tales of serial killers, cold cases, cults, and more, you’ll find page-after-page of alarmingly appealing drink recipes. Read all about Jeffrey Dahmer’s harrowing deeds as you sip on a Milwaukee Corpse Reviver or mix up a Sazer-Ax Murderer before diving into the gruesome crimes (allegedly) committed by Lizzie Borden. $16.26



SIP: Cocktail Book by Sipsmith

sip cocktail bookFor any gin lover or cocktail connoisseur, SIP: Cocktail Book takes delicious cocktails back to the basics with 100 gin cocktails—each using only 3 ingredients—one of which will
always be the handcrafted London Dry Gin, Sipsmith. Enjoy fuss-free drinks, from summer sipping to winter warmers, time-honored classics to new twists. Along the way, you will find expert mixing tips, drink history, and stories worth reading over a martini or two. $23.51


Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon by F. Paul Pacult

bar industry holiday gift guide books

Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon: The Story of How Buffalo Trace Distillery Became the World’s Most Awarded Distillery, tells the compelling story of Buffalo Trace Distillery, located in Frankfort, Kentucky. This book delivers in-depth storytelling, pictures, timelines, sidebars and more. It spans the time of Daniel Boone’s late eighteenth century explorations in uncharted Kentucky through the trials of the U.S. Civil War, two world wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression to the present era. Pacult’s meticulously researched account explains why Buffalo Trace Distillery has won more than 1,000 awards from around the world for whiskey distilling excellence. $21.42



The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Michael Anstendig & Masahiro Urushido

bar industry holiday gift guide booksThe Japanese Art of the Cocktail is part memoir, part drinking guide, part travel primer, and part recipe book with 90 cocktail recipes from top bartenders in the U.S. and Japan.
Co-authored by freelance writer Michael Anstendig and Katana Kitten’s Masahiro Urushido, it demystifies Japan’s unique approach to cocktails showcasing Japanese whiskies, sake, shochu, and a range of global spirits. $18.60



World Atlas of Beer by Tim Webb

World Atlas of BeerAs craft brewing continues to go from strength to strength across the world, World Atlas of Beer is the definitive and essential guide to beer. Understand the rich, multi-faceted traditions of Belgium, the Nordic legend that is Finnish Sahti, the relatively new phenomenon of the New England hazy IPA, and why Australia’s lower-strength beers are one of its great successes. With thousands of breweries now operating around the globe, and more opening every day, this is the expert guide to what is really worth drinking. Country by country the book considers a vast range of brewing techniques, beer styles, and traditions. Detailed maps describe crucial trends in major territories and features such as matching beer with food and how to pour different kinds of beer complete the picture. Now in a fully updated third edition, this book is the perfect companion to help you explore the best beers the world has to offer. $33.49


The New Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult

holiday gift guide for bartendersDubbed “The Ultimate Spirits Buying Guide,” the New Kindred Spirits: More Than 2,000 All-New Whiskey, Brandy, Agave Spirits, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Amari, Bitters, and Liqueur Reviews from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, is a completely new third edition of Pacult’s groundbreaking Kindred Spirits series, last published in 2008. With never-before-seen reviews and industry insights, including coverage of the craft distiller explosion, this is a must-have guide to the world of spirits for both industry professionals and passionate spirit connoisseurs. $33.50



The Cocktail Workshop by Steven Grasse and Adam Erace

cocktail workshopSpirit savant Steven Grasse and esteemed travel and spirits writer Adam Erace are thrilled to announce the release of an undoubtedly quintessential work of cocktail literature: The Cocktail Workshop: An Essential Guide to Classic Drinks and How to Make Them Your Own. The book is an immersive dive into 20 classic libations as well as delicious, sophisticated variations that will elevate any at-home happy hour or company holiday gathering (ever wanted to know how to make quality aquafaba?). $24.49


Fever-Tree Easy Mixing

bar holiday gift guide booksMore than 150 quick and delicious mixed drinks and cocktails celebrate the art of at-home mixing in Fever-Tree Easy Mixing. The book features quick-and-easy recipes combining Fever-Tree’s range of mixers, favorite spirits, and simple ingredients. Each of the book’s recipes can be made in under three minutes with pantry staples and span every spirit category including tequila, whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, and more. $18.99