Season’s readings to imbibers. Here are some gift recommendations.
“The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27) by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, with Ben Schaffer, stars with vivid, creative recipes and stories from The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, the lower Manhattan bar that also serves shots of nostalgia.
“Cuban Cocktails” (Sterling Epicure, $24.95) by Ravi DeRossi, Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik narrows the focus and starts the party with 100 drinks. The authors give you a colorful taste of culture, methods, recipes to prepare you for your visit.
“Gone With the Gin” (Running Press, $15) by Tim Federle is subtitled “cocktails with a Hollywood twist.” It’s a playful little combo for movie fans and drinkers, with recipes.
“Gin: The Manual” (Mitchell Beazley, $19.99) by Dave Broom will have you ordering Gimlets and Negronis after dipping into this detailed, informed and thorough guide. “Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival” (Jacqui Small LLP, $35) by Aaron Knoll delivers history, directions, recommendations for devotees.
“Tignanello: A Tuscan Story” (Cinquesensi Editore, $50) by Piero Antinori is a vinous coffee-table book, full of fine photos and feeling about the great “Super Tuscan” red wine and how it came to be. “Spirit of Place: Scotland’s Great Whisky Distilleries” (Chicago Review-Press, $40) by Charles MacLean is like a knowledgeable, grand tour of the source, with vibrant photos by Lara Platman and Allan Macdonald.
“The Beer Bible” (Workman, $19.95) by Jeff Alworth provides all the essentials and more. Alworth’s encyclopedic, well-written guide provides everything except a glass and a brew.