Today is National Martini Day! (Yes, it seems every day is a National-Day-of-Something, but hey! If it gives us an excuse to do a little extra imbibing, who are we to complain?) The Illustrated Guide to Cocktails by Elizabeth Graeber and Orr Shtuhl is a fanciful way to celebrate Martini Day, don't you think? Add it to your summer bar cart to keep your guests entertained while you show off your mixology skills!
Faith first found this gem of a book last year. According to its description, it "tells the tale of the heyday of cocktails, from the origin of the margarita to the grandeur of the first celebrity bartender with some modern twists," and features hand-drawn illustrations, history lessons, and recipes.
Buy It: An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails, $20 from Buy Olympia
Other Excuses to Celebrate National Martini Day
• In Search Of: The 3-Martini Lunch
• 15 Cocktail Recipes to Tickle Your Culinary Tastebuds
• Easy, Tipsy Appetizer: Martini-Soaked Olives
(Images: An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails via Buy Olympia)