When we developed The Mini Bar, a handsome, boxed collection of 100 essential recipes, we had a simple, albeit selfish goal: to create a go-to, $20 holiday gift that we could send to just about everyone we know.
This season, that’s exactly what we plan on doing. But, in the spirit of shameless self-promotion, we’d like to point out that The Mini Bar isn’t the only bar-cart accessory we’re peddling this season. From books released this year, including Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails and Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion, to OG standbys (The Essential Bar Book, anyone?), there are plenty of other worthy compendiums within the PUNCH family.
Which is why we’re inviting you to get to know the books in our library, all available online and in stores nationwide. We hope you’ll find something here for all of your gifting needs—and maybe even a little something for yourself.
by the Editors of PUNCH
A giftable collection of 70 cocktails built to fortify against the cold, Winter Drinks is packed with updated riffs on traditional toddies, punches, nogs and spiked coffees, alongside thoroughly modern drinks built to channel the season. Curated by the editors of PUNCH, with the help of top bartenders, it covers the ins and outs of making a spirit infusion, explains how to batch drinks for a crowd and offers three-step syrups and shrubs to keep on hand for a proper, winter-ready bar. [Buy]
by the Editors of PUNCH
These eight small notebooks, organized by base ingredient, feature classic and modern drink recipes for essential spirits, liqueurs, and wines: whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, Champagne, sherry and amaro. Nested in a sturdy slipcase, each notebook also includes space in the back for jotting down that new cocktail creation, making this colorful compilation the ultimate bar-cart accessory. [Buy]
by Drew Lazor and the Editors of PUNCH
Driven by a renewed interest in aperitifs and designed for professional bartenders and home hosts alike, Session Cocktails explores the history and evolution of low-proof drinks. Alongside tips on building a low-ABV bar are more than 60 recipes contributed by some of the industry’s best-known drink-makers, including William Elliot, Natasha David, Dale DeGroff and Leo Robitschek. [Buy]
by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau
From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail has become synonymous with a leisurely golden hour. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and document its revival around the world. From regional classics to modern variations, Spritz includes dozens of recipes from America’s top bartenders, a guide to building a spritz bar and a collection of Italian snack recipes to pair alongside. [Buy]
by Megan Krigbaum
How do you create the perfect Daiquiri? In what type of glass should you serve a Whiskey Sour? What exactly is an aperitif cocktail? This indispensable (and fully photographed) atlas of classic and modern drinks—shaken, stirred, up or on the rocks—answers all of these questions and more through recipes, lore and technique. [Buy]
The Essential Bar Book: An A-to-Z Guide to Spirits, Cocktails, and Wine, with 115 Recipes for the World’s Great Drinks
by Jennifer Fiedler
The Essential Bar Book is a handsome and comprehensive bartending guide for professional and home bartenders, which includes history, lore and 115 recipes for the world’s most important cocktails. Full of indispensable information about everything boozy that’s good to drink, this easy-to-navigate A-to-Z guide covers it all, from the tools of the trade to the history and mythology behind classic and modern drinks. [Buy]