Cocktails in Color: A Spirited Guide to the Art and Joy of Drinkmaking

Union Square & Co. Feb. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9781454944447. $19.99. COOKING
With entertaining books gaining in popularity, this entry into the drinks space is more than welcome. It is a fresh approach, designed to appeal to all those who view a bar cart as both a moment to gather and one to create. Katz is a bartender and the creator of A Girl’s Guide to Drinking Alone blog. McGiff is an illustrator and designer. Their combined talents shine in this highly useful work, where every page is detailed with information and fun, inviting, gouache paintings. It is divided into three parts. The first focuses on the spirits themselves, placing them into categories, explaining them, outlining types, and suggesting bottles to try. The second is a recipe guide to classic drinks, exploring 30 foundational libations. Next up are original cocktails. There is a drinks-lab approach, where the authors briefly teach readers how to make their own concoctions and then highlight the method through numerous bespoke sips. The tone is happy, joy-filled, and can-do.
VERDICT This is a gem of a book: useful, lovely to page through, and instructive. It will be as welcome in the kitchen as on the nightstand, and readers will be delighted to find it on the shelf.
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