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I'm looking for a variety of books on mixology/spirits. I do not want books to tell me how to stock my bar- my bar is well stocked. I'm looking for classic cocktails, modern cocktails, the history therein, the back story of a variety of spirits, etc.

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  1. Here are some must haves, in no particular order:

    The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan
    The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale Degroff
    Straight Up by William Grimes
    The complete book of Spirits by Anthony DIas Blue
    The Savoy Cocktail Book
    Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh
    The Bartenders Bible by Gary Regan
    The Martini Companion by Gary Regan and Mardee Regan
    Classic gin by Geraldine Coates
    The Ultimate A-Z bar Guide by the Herbst's
    Jigger, Beaker, and Glass: Drinking Around the World by Charles H. Baker, Jr.
    The Bartenders Black Book

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    1. re: JMF

      Perfect- I think I know what I'm reading for the rest of August and into September!

      1. re: jpschust

        I want to add a few since you said you wanted the back story on spirits. There are several books on gin and the gin craze in London.

        Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva the Eighteenth Century Gin Craze
        Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
        The book of Gin and Vodkas by Bob Emmons

        Then there's Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch
        Rum by Dave Broom
        Whiskey by Michael Jackson

    2. Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century by Paul Harrington.

      Unfortunately, it's out of print and the available copies are really expensive. Really good book, though.

      1. i really enjoyed __drink: a social history of america__ by andrew barr

        http://www.amazon.com/Drink-History-A...

        very entertaining "history therin, & the back story"