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60 Spirited Cocktail Recipes

Somehow, in a regular-sized cocktail book, the authors have packed a tightly edited collection of facts and tales about classic cocktails and — no mean feat — illustrated them with absolutely beautiful renderings, too.

If you like art with your liquid, Cocktails, A Still Life is the book for you. The writing, by esteemed cocktail professor Christine Sismondo and prolific cocktail writer James Waller, is succinct, evocative, and witty. The art, by Todd M. Casey, is… well, breathtaking — and it will surely distract from your task at hand. Embrace these recipes and the intricately researched tales of their origins as you mix and play. This is an intoxicating book in many ways and a credit to the oeuvre.

— D.S.