Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide (2011)
Author: Mr. Boston
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Why It's Essential: It's been a vital reference for bartenders and mixologists for over 75 years.
The 75th anniversary edition of Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guide walks you through stocking your bar and purchasing the necessary mixing equipment, in addition to covering 1,500 recipes, new, old, and iconic. However, it's not all Sidecars, Dry Gin Martinis, and Sloe Gin Fizzs; this reference has instructions for mixing cocktails with sake, absinthe, and other en vogue ingredients.