Around the world, drinks are considered one of the best ways to celebrate and to relax.

A perfect blend of the finest ingredients are concocted and distilled to create an unmistakable mix of the finest products. Drinks have been classified into various categories depending on the ingredients used in their manufacture.

An array of assorted drinks such as cocktail, Vodka, Scotch are in the market, readily available for thirsty consumers to buy.

People go to great lengths to make sure they learn the art of fixing a drink that will just flow and make the taste buds dance. The most common way is reading books that feature the best ways to mix a decent drink which is neither too strong nor too mild. In this article, the spotlight is on cocktails and everything there is to know about them. Essential books for Cocktail lovers (vintage and modern classics).

1. The Bar-Tenders’ Guide or How To Mix Drinks by Jerry Thomas.

This is the very first book written on how to mix cocktails perfectly. The author was a bar-tender who was well-versed with the mixing of drinks that were used back then and are still in the market today. It is considered a treasure owing to the invaluable contents it holds.

2. The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock.

The author was of English descent but lived in the United States. After learning the intrigues involved in the cocktail mixing business, he moved back to London to further and equip his new found trade. This book reveals the various flavors that sold during that time. He was the head bartender of a hotel that was regarded as Prestigious at that time, Savoy Hotel, hence the name of the book.

3. The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks by Dale Degroff.

This book offers a step-by-step approach on how to perfect the art of mixing drinks and gives an insight on the recipes needed to come up with a tasty cocktail. This book is praised for its simplicity and straightforward way of getting to the point.

4. The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan.

This is a beginners’ guide and an introduction to the world of drinks. It also offers additional tips on the kind of glassware in which to serve particular drinks. It is useful for bringing to remembrance the methods of mixing cocktails.

5. Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition by David Wondrich.

This book digs deep into the rich history of this drink that is mostly enjoyed in various parts of the world.

6. And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis.

This is a captivating and educational read especially for those who have a weakness for rum but have no clue how to prepare a cocktail of rum.

7. Boozehound by Jason Wilson.

The author gives a whole new touch of journalism to the cocktail-mixing story. Being a widely-traveled personality, Wilson has had the opportunity to taste different kinds of cocktails and puts it all down in this book.

8. Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric.

This is an interesting book for those looking to set up a bar right in their homes or starting a bar. There are tips for beginners as well.

9. The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan.

This book contains over 300 different recipes of cocktails to choose from and how to mix and serve them.

10. Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons.

Its relevance comes to life with its amazing insights on how to creatively put drinks together to form a unique cocktail.