Skip to content
Open menu Close menu

Feed your appetite for cooking with Penguin’s expert authors

penguin logo

The best cocktail and drinks books for amateur mixologists

by Malou Herkes

published on 12 April 2024

Should a martini be shaken or stirred? How do you muddle a mojito? And what goes into making the perfect gin & tonic? Whether you’re an amateur seeking a beginner’s guide to mixing, or a drinks aficionado on the hunt for cocktails with sophistication, there’s a cocktail book out there for you. This is our round-up of the best of the bunch. 

The Alchemist Cocktail Book

by The Alchemist

From the team behind the UK’s most popular cocktail bar comes The Alchemist Cocktail Book, a spell-binding compendium of exciting and experimental recipes. Recreate The Alchemist’s signature drinks in the comfort of your own home, with recipes ranging from revamped classics to more elaborate concoctions (Caramelised Rum Punch, anyone?). Expect mouthwatering flavours, creative flair, and plenty of low- and no-alcohol options.

Corker: A Deeply Unserious Wine Book


by Hannah Crosbie

While not strictly a cocktail book, this volume by wine expert, writer and broadcaster Hannah Crosbie is the ultimate guide to finding the perfect glass of wine for any occasion – from first dates to summer picnics to dinner parties. Full of wit, anecdotes, and brilliant writing, Corker is an informative and accessible way into the world of wine.

Fizz: 80 Joyful Cocktails And Mocktails For Every Occasion


by Olly Smith

Fizz will take your celebrations, birthdays, and Friday nights to the next level with 80 recipes designed to help you make the most of all things bubbly. Whether you’re a fan of Champagne or cava, beer or cider, soda or kombucha, you’ll find something to tickle your fancy in this inventive book. From a sophisticated negroni sbagliato to a delicate, alcohol-free elderflower and orange blossom fizz, these playful and refreshing recipes are the ideal way to add a little sparkle to your evening.

Cocktails: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Cocktails: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

by Klaus St. Rainer

Everything you need to know about making the perfect cocktail is within these pages. Award-winning mixologist Klaus St Rainer gives you the nitty-gritty, from how to make sugar syrup to an ABC guide to alcohol. Recipes range from ‘Simple & Clever’ to ‘Extraordinary & Spectacular’ so whether you want a Dry Martini, a decadent Golden Champagne or a downright naughty Hot Buttered Coconut Rum, there’s something here for everyone.

Hawksmoor at Home

by Huw Gott, Will Beckett, Richard Turner, Dan Lepard, Hawksmoor

From the team behind the lavish Hawkmoor restaurants in London, this might seem – at first glance – like a cookbook exclusively about food. But look further and you’ll find a generous section devoted entirely to cocktails, including luxurious recipes and fascinating insights into the history of punches, plus a glossary and how-to guides to homemade syrups and bitters. 


This cocktail guide, from the man behind London’s award-winning cocktail bars 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini (among others) will have you mixing original cocktails that’ll really impress your guests. This is a book for the cocktail aficionados among you, with recipes that range from the classic cocktails, through to savoury numbers (think: White Truffle Martini), cocktails inspired by perfumes, concept drinks (we love Cosmo Popcorn), as well as cordials, liqueurs and distillations. 

The Curious Cocktail Cabinet

by Hendrick’s Gin, Ally Martin

From Scottish gin brand Hendricks comes a delightful collection of 100 gin-based cocktail recipes, ranging from the classics to the inventive, complete with a guide to the world of botanicals and expert insight from author Ally Martin.

The Seedlip Cocktail Book

The Seedlip Cocktail Book

by Ben Branson

Proving that mocktails needn’t be boring or overly sweet, this book by non-alcoholic spirit makers Seedlip is packed with 100 drinks recipes, covering everything from refreshing summer spritzers to sophisticated aperitifs.

The Spirits

The Spirits

by Richard Godwin

You don’t need to be a cocktail expert to use this brilliant little book. A guide to mixing your favourite cocktails, this is an accessible guide that’ll have even the novices among you shaking Gin Fizz and Pisco Sours in no time. Our favourite? English Breakfast Martinis.


You might also like

View all

Book Collections

The best cookbooks for summer

Make the most of the warmer weather with the most inspiring summer cookbooks for 2018. From fuss-free one-tin recipes to sizzling barbecue dishes and the coolest ice creams, summer is heating up.

Book Collections

The best Mexican cookbooks

From Ixta Belfrage to Rick Stein, here is your guide to cookbooks that celebrate one of the world’s most popular cuisines.

Book Collections

The ultimate guide to Ottolenghi cookbooks

From Plenty to COMFORT, find the best Ottolenghi cookbook for you with our handy guide.


Subscribe to The Happy Foodie email newsletter

Get our latest recipes, features, book news and ebook deals straight to your inbox every week