Author: Gary Regan
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Why It's Essential: The breakdowns of drink ingredients will take your understanding of mixing to a different level.

You know how they say you become better at math when you actually understand the equations, instead of just memorizing the steps? Making cocktails functions much the same way. Regan gives more than just simple drink recipes: He tutors the reader on how to design drinks. His categorization of cocktails into genres invites experimentation and creativity. His book also contains a comprehensive glossary and 350 recipes for consulting.