Gift Guide 2017
The best gifts for the cocktail connoisseur
Informative, Entertaining, Resourceful and Beautiful Cocktail Reads
With today's landscape of cocktail books, you can learn about every topic from proper technique to vintage recipes, modern concoctions, and narrative histories about drinking. The downside is that all those options can be a little overwhelming, so we've narrowed the field to a handful of must-reads for the cocktail enthusiast.
The Drunken Botanist
The Drunken Botanist is making everybody’s year-end, must-have list. Author Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries. Signed copies and personally inscribed copies are available directly from the author’s bookstore. $22.95
In author Dave Arnold's world, the shape of an ice cube, the sugars and acids in an apple, and the bubbles in a bottle of champagne are all ingredients to be measured, tested and tweaked. In this award-winning book, you'll get a behind the counter look into how classic cocktails can be enhanced and revolutionized. This book is all about satisfying your curiosity and refining your technique. $19.75 to $23.75.
Cocktails of The Movies
Now available in a new pocket edition, Cocktails of the Movies serves up the 64 greatest cocktails featured on film. Take a journey through Hollywood's lifelong love affair with cocktails, celebrating the greatest characters and their iconic drinks through original illustrations and easy-to-follow recipes. Examples are Marilyn's Manhattan in Some Like It Hot and The Dude's White Russian in The Big Lebowski. $12.90
The Quotable Drunkard
Words of Wit and Wisdom From The Bottom of The Glass
"Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne." -Dorothy Parker. Wonderful, colorful, and witty sayings gathered in one book to entertain and delight. $23.90
PDT Cocktails App
PDT Cocktails is the authoritative archive of the famed New York City bar, replete with both house creations and numerous fine-tuned classics that have graced PDT’s menu since the bar’s opening in 2007. Beyond that, it is the most comprehensive digital reference for contemporary cocktails available today.
$9.99 through your App Store.
Imbibe is the magazine of liquid culture. It is a completely new way of looking at drinks — as a distinct culinary category, deserving in-depth exploration of history, ingredients, preparation, artistry and consumption. From wine, spirits and beer to coffee, tea and everything in between, Imbibe celebrates the world in a glass. In each bi-monthly issue, you’ll find everything you need to know about cocktails. $21.95