So, you've finally stocked your home bar. Now you need to make those new knives and shakers work for you. But first do the knowledge. Brush up on your mixology smarts with a few books. You need an education in spirits if you're going to become the neighborhood speakeasy.

These 10 Essential Books for the Home Bar outline everything from the flavor profiles of various spirits to trade secrets from some of NYC's most famous cocktail makers.