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I’ve learned much of what I know by reading the following books. You can get a large amount of recipes and knowledge about the art of mixology by reading up on it.

Below is a list of my personal favorites, all of these books are either on my bookshelf or in my Kindle Library. They should also be in yours.

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The books below are either in my own personal collection or come highly recommended. If you’re intersted in these books I suggest giving them a look. You won’t regret it.

The Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich

I own this bar book that is full of over 1,000 cocktail recipes. I really like the sorting of this book as it focuses on sorting recipes from base liquor. Also the index is really good for finding drinks easily.

Imbibe! By Dave Wondrich

Dave Wondrich did some amazing research in the writing of this book. This book traces the origins of the modern day cocktail while giving us great cocktails recipes along the way. What a great journey this book is.

Liquid Intelligence: The Art & Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold

This book digs deep into the science portion of building great cocktails. Might be a little much for someone just getting into the art, but it's certainly something that should be on your list of must haves.

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique by Jeffery Morgenthaler

This book is written by the amazing mixologist and columnist Jeffrey Morgenthaler. It covers many tools and techniques of bartending and follows up by putting them to work in specific recipes.

The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff

This book is amazing. Written by the "Cocktail King" Dale DeGroff, this book goes over technique and delivers some great recipes as well.

The Bon Vivants Companion by Jerry Thomas

This book was one of, if not the first, cocktail book ever written. I would suggest learning more about the craft before diving into this as the verbiage can be quite confusing. However when you're ready for it, I highly recommend this book to see how it was done back in the day.

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