Looking to up your cocktail game this year? Look to Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese's recently published The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair. Written for both experts and beginners, the recipes include classics with a twist, exotic cocktails, and party drinks with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and small-batch spirits.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese

Who published it: Page Street Publishing

Number of recipes: 125

Recipes for right now: Tanjeen Negroni, The Woodsman, L'Orange Rouge Boozy, Rosemary & Rye, Blood Orange French 75, Fernet Me Not, Thistle & Root, Sage & Spice

Other highlights: Jeremy LeBlanc is head mixologist of Altitude Sky Lounge in San Diego and his book is packed with fresh recipes for every mood and occasion including apéritifs, classics with a twist, exotic cocktails, refreshers, and parties and punches. The instructions are clear, making interesting, hand-crafted cocktails accessible to home enthusiasts as well as professional bartenders. There's also a chapter on tricks of the trade with everything from recommended bar tools and muddling tips to how to create a whiskey wash with bacon.

Nearly every recipe in the book includes suggested brands of spirits, bitters, and other mixers, including big brands and small-batch producers. So while you're not bound to those products to make the cocktails, it provides a fun incentive to build your home bar and expand your taste horizons.

Who would enjoy this book? professional bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts alike

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair by Jeremy LeBlanc and Christine Dionese

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