Quora Answer: What are the best sources for cocktail recipes (online or book form)?

This is another in a series recapping answers that I’ve given to various cocktail questions on Quora. This answer covers some liqueurs most people may not be familiar with that are useful for making interesting cocktails.

The question: What are the best sources for cocktail recipes (online or book form)?

If you know the name of the drink and its a common enough recipe, Google is really the best source for recipes.  Just make sure that you look at more than one search result, because there are often variations.  It’s also a good idea to look for a result that gives some background on the origination of the cocktail, which may suggest a better resource.

For classic cocktails, a great resource is http://cocktaildb.com/. This site was also created by Ted Haigh (Dr. Cocktail), and has the advantage that all of its recipes are carefully researched.

For a wider range of cocktails, from classic to modern, I find the blog “cocktail virgin slut” to be great (http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/).

In terms of books, there are many great options:

  • Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
  • For unique modern recipes, Beta Cocktails (http://betacocktails.com/)
  • Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology (which is organized by cocktail type, similar in format to what Ken is looking for)
  • Either of Dale DeGroff’s books, The Craft of the Cocktail or The Essential Cocktail
  • Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book
  • For Tiki drinks, there is nothing better than Beach Bum Berry Remixed
  • David Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks
  • David Wondrich’s Imbibe

There are also many reprints of classic cocktail books that you could look for, including Jerry Thomas’ The Bar-Tender’s GuideThe Savoy Cocktail BookThe La Floridita Cocktail Book, etc.

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