The Craft of the Cocktail (2002)
Author: Dale DeGroff
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Why It's Essential: For the invaluable lessons from arguably the best mixologist in the business.
DeGroff has earned the moniker of "King of Cocktails" because of his ingenuity and work revitalizing classic cocktail culture. His gourmet approach to designing drinks, as well as his focus on fresh ingredients when processed mixers were commonplace are only some of the reasons why DeGroff's expertise on mixing cocktails is so widely revered. When a James Beard award-winner and the founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail is giving you advice on how to stock your bar and teaching you trade techniques, you're in good hands.