There are plenty of books and websites that list every drink ever made. But quantity does not always mean quality. For those with a discerning taste for cocktails and their history, Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology should be the first place to look. The book includes drink recipes along with sections on proper technique and the philosophy of bartending. Regan doesn’t take himself too seriously, referring to himself as a bartender rather than a mixologist. After reading Joy, you may even be inspired to make your own bitters.

The Joy of Mixology, $30

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