Every good New Year’s Eve party needs good cocktails, alcoholic or otherwise. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Three indie books that should help you craft the perfect drink and, once everyone’s got a drink, we’ve got a book of drinking games your guests are sure to love.
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks by Maria del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano (Quirk Books)
What better way to warm up than from the inside out. Fifty inviting, beautifully photographed drink recipes—just muddle then cuddle the winter blues away.
Cocktail Boothby’s American Bartender: The New Anchor Distilling Edition by William T. Boothby (Anchor Distilling)
A 2009 IndieFab Book Award finalist in Pop Culture and Reference. Winner of two National Best Books Awards. A unique San Francisco cocktail recipe book from 1891.
The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail by Tristan Stephenson (Ryland Peters & Small)
A 2013 IndieFab Book Award finalist in Cooking. Author Tristan Stephenson explores and experiments with the art of mixing the perfect cocktail, explaining the fascinating modern turns mixology has taken.
Lights, Camera, Booze by Kourtney Jason and Lauren Metz (Ulysses Press)
A 2013 IndieFab Book Award finalist in Pop Culture. Drinking games for your favorite movies, including Anchorman, Big Lebowski, Clueless, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Goonies, Home Alone, Karate Kid, and many, many more.
Allyce Amidon is the associate editor at Foreword Reviews, where she blogs about comics and graphic novels. You can follow her on Twitter @allyce_amidon