The 5 must-have books on whiskey, American cocktails, and moonshine

The people have spoken: Vodka is out. Whiskey is in.

In honour of that transition, we found five great books on the liquor.

Some go through the history of whiskey, others include recipes for American whiskey cocktails, and one even tells you how to make your own moonshine (!).

So whether you want to educate yourself, or are thinking of getting a nice gift for a friend — check them out.

“Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide” by Michael Jackson

If you’re a whiskey newbie, we recommend getting this book. It’s full of essays, pictures, food pairings, and recipes so that you can fake your way to whiskey knowledge.

Hardcover: $US37.14

“American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favourite Spirit” by Clay Risen

With this book, you’ll be able to navigate the history and traditions of American whiskeys, not to mention know what to look for when you’re looking to buy.

Hardcover: $US15.32


“The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey” by David Haskell

Another history-of-whiskey book, but this one comes with DIY instructions for making your own whiskey. Score.

Hardcover: $US18.80

Kindle: $US11.99


“Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend” by Al Young
Here’s the story of the one-time most popular and best-selling bourbon in America, Four Roses. It’s a great read, even if you’re not a whiskey fan.

Plus, the drink is having a bit of a resurgence now

Hardcover: $US6.93

“The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast” by the editors of Imbibe Magazine

Sometimes, you want to mix it up and go for a cocktail instead. This book contains 50 great cocktail recipes that will expand your whiskey drinking experience.

Hardcover: $US15.18

Kindle: $US9.99

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