Whiskey and books seem like they might go together like peanut butter and jelly. Both are typically relaxing, can be enjoyed in a nice leather chair, and have been known to unite people from across the world. Cheers to whiskey, books, and your soon to be growing library.
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” — William Faulkner
Humor and History
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose: Here’s a fun style of book that will bring back memories of childhood and grow them up real fast with the scents of whiskey. This book is always a favorite when we have friends over. Order for $12.27
The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore: A splash of water, a little sugar, some bitters, an orange wheel, and of course a solid pour of whiskey (bourbon or rye). This is the iconic Old-Fashioned cocktail. Read about this classic and learn modern takes on this mixologist staple. Grab your copy for $15
Books to Keep Close to the Bar
The Standard Cocktail Guide: A Manual Of Mixed Drinks Written For The American Host (1944): Not only will you have a slice of American history at your bar, but you will have some of the most iconic cocktail recipes at hand as well. Spoiler alert: Americans love their whiskey cocktails. Find it here for $9-$20 (new and used)
Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Foods: I know. The bacon trend is a little played out, but this book actually has recipes you will never get sick of making. Plus, it’s full of bourbon history, bourbon ratings from Morgan Murphy, iconic brands like Pappy, and plenty of cocktail recipes. Get your copy for $18
Books that Might Get You Arrested Because “The Man” Doesn’t Want You to Make Your Own Whiskey
The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey: Unapologetically outlaw, the Kings County Distillery lovingly shares their story about bringing whiskey back to the Big City. They also want you to do the same! This book will help you get started with your own whiskey aspirations (ps. it is illegal to home distill in the USA). The next time you visit New York City, make sure you swing by the distillery for a tour. Grab a copy for $20.