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5 OF THE BEST BOOKS ON BOOZE TO GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS

We all have those people for whom a book is ALWAYS the best gift, they’ll dive in straight after unwrapping it and won’t budge their nose until the turkey is on the table… when it comes to books about drinks there are a mountain of home-bartender manuals, guides to the best bars and extra detailed ones for those who like learning about all things gin – it can be hard to know where to begin.

So we’ve rounded up a few of our absolute favourites for you to choose from that’ll help keep that bookworm happy this Christmas.

LET’S GET FIZZICAL - £9.99
undefinedPippa Guy, formerly one of the Senior Bartenders at The Savoy loves Champagne cocktails as much as we do, so lucky for us she popped all her favourite recipes in this bubbl-icious book. Learn how to whip up a French 75 or Prosecco Mojito – yes that’s a thing – plus, get the low-down on all the different types of sparkling and how great they are in cocktails!

111 LONDON PUBS & BARS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS - £7.19
undefinedTime Out Drinks Editor – Laura Richards – has finally put all her envious London bar & pub knowledge into one handy little book… you’ll feel like someone in the know with whole page write-ups that plonk you straight on a bar stool, useful information on getting there and even tips on the area if you’ve got some extra time to spend.

GOOD TOGETHER: DRINK & FEAST WITH MR LYAN & FRIENDS - £18.84
undefinedThe second book from award-winning drinks maestro, Mr Lyan - and this time it’s all about food matching. A menu of world-class cocktails are crafted to suit recipes contributed by chefs including the likes of Nuno Mendes, James Lowe, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Isaac McHale and many more… from a giant summer BBQ to a romantic dinner for two, these are perfect for the foodie that loves to entertain.

SCHOFIELD’S FINE AND CLASSIC COCKTAILS - £11.19
undefinedThis is the gift for the friends that really like to know their stuff, be it at home or when they’re perched on a bar stool absorbing every page on the menu… In their book - bartender brothers Joe & Daniel Schofield have bought their expertise together by sharing over 100 classic cocktail recipes, subtly tweaked and adjusted to keep up with modern preferences and palate.

LONELY PLANET'S GLOBAL DISTILLERY TOUR - £10.49
undefinedA lovely book that explores distilleries and bars across thirty three countries, so you can feel like you've visited without the air fare! Each distillery has a suggested must-try drink or tasting experience and also recommended local sights so you can explore the local area in between tasting sessions... you'll also find bars that are best-in-class for their selection of one particular drink, such as arak in Lebanon or tuak in Malaysia and at the back of the book, you’ll find a section dedicated to cocktails.