The Ultimate Resource for Bartenders & Cocktail enthusiasts

ultimate cocktail resource for bartenders

I’ve been sourcing information about cocktails, mixology and spirits for a while all over the internet. So now is the time to give something back what I’ve learned.

On this page, you can find some of the best cocktail & bar resources that you can find anywhere online.

I truly believe that the majority of information that I share with you will be helpful and inspiring. Anyone can find his preferred piece of content, whether it’s a physical book, e-book, blog post or video.

And the best thing is that the most of the information is available online for free. Happy sourcing!

Cocktail & Bar Books – TOP 5 Recommendations

When I want to buy and read a new cocktail book or search which ones are currently available, I usually go to  They have the majority of books available in formats as a physical book and e-book. The benefit of e-book is that it’s usually cheaper and you can comfortably read it on your Kindle device. 

1# Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails

The definitive guide to the contemporary craft cocktail techniques, ingredients and recipes
from one of the highest-profile, most critically lauded, and influential bars in the world. 
This book has everything you will need to take your knowledge of craft cocktails to another level and covers the cocktail ingredients in depth.

2# The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

The Bar Book is the cocktail technique-driven cocktail handbook that breaks down bartending into essential techniques juicing, garnishing, carbonating, stirring, and shaking to choosing the correct ice for proper chilling and dilution of a drink.

 And then apply all of these techniques to building better drinks.

3# Liquid Intelligence: The Art and the Science of the perfect cocktail

Dave Arnold in this Award-winning book takes a revolutionary approach to making better-looking, better-tasting drinks. 

This book explains many surprising common bar & cocktail misconceptions with the scientific approach.

4# The Drunken Botanist

 A New York time Bestseller explores herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and spices, how they transform into alcohol over the centuries.

You can then apply this knowledge about botanicals into the mixology and cocktails.

#5 The Cocktail lab: Unravelling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink

Tony Conigliaro emphasis that the right cocktail is the perfect combination of scent, colour, sound, and taste. 

In his book The Cocktail Lab, Tony presents his best and boldest creations: drinks like the Vintage Manhattan, Dirty Martini by the Sea, and Cosmo Popcorn.

I have to admit that the book’s recommendations weren’t chosen by an accident, not only you can learn from each of them something different:
#1 The importance of knowing your cocktail ingredients
#2 The Essential Cocktail techniques
#3 The cocktail myths and the Science
#4 How it all fit together
#5 How we perceive a cocktail.
But also it was a great inspiration for my book.

My very own book creation (You didn’t think that I will put my book in Top 5. Did you?)

Design your own cocktail recipes: The complete guide to creating well-crafted drinks

Apart from going through all the cocktail ingredients, techniques, a perception of flavour and how to properly balance any drink.

This book will give you a step-by-step guide (plus all the necessary tools, ratios and flavour pairings) to creating your own signature drinks.  

The world of cocktails that we see today doesn’t have any rules that you can follow and all the stuff was pretty much made up. This book will open your mind to new possibilities that creating your own drink is actually not that hard.


Classic & Vintage cocktail books – FREE

classic and vintage cocktail books free

I found that some of the great classics or vintage cocktail books are actually so old that they are no longer copyrighted – in fact, below are some resources where you can find them available online for free.

EUVS Library  – Cocktail books dating from the 1820s through the 1940s all in one place and easy to browse in the catalogue for whatever you’re looking for.

Early cocktail books from the Library of Congress collections – Another useful collection of vintage cocktail books

Google Books – Here you will have to search for the right name of the book, the link will redirect you to a book written by a famous bartender Jerry Thomas: How to Mix Drinks, Or, The Bon-vivant’s Companion. 


The Best Cocktail Recipe Blogs

best cocktail blogs in 2017

Difford’s guide

One of the biggest collections of cocktail recipes on the internet with the intuitive search engine. Difford’s Guide is also reviewing beer, wine, spirits and cocktail bars around the world.


Imbibe is the ultimate guide to drinks culture, drink recipes, reviews and destinations.

Kindred cocktails

One of the biggest Craft cocktail recipe databases for enthusiasts & bar professionals on the internet. If you feel a little overwhelmed by all the cocktails, you can even build your own cocktail book with recipes that you can choose.

Tuxedo no.2

A beautifully illustrated cocktail recipe database that you can browse alphabetically or search by ingredient.

The straight up

Pre-Prohibition Cocktails & Modern Twists on Classics

Two for the bar

Award-winning blog for the cocktail & spirit coverage.


Award-winning online magazine about wine, spirits, beer and cocktails.

Mr. Boston

The online version of the Mr. Boston, which aggregates recipes from all but 17 of the printed book editions.

Reddit Here’s a contribution from the people around the internet

The Best Cocktail blogs for Bartenders


The ultimate resource for bartenders, bar management and craft cocktail creators.

Art of Drink

A helpful info for new bartenders and plenty of cocktail recipes.

The Best Spirit/Liquor blogs & websites

spirits and liqueurs bottles

Alcademics – A study of booze with beverage journalist Camper English

The Spirits Business – Industry info

Liquor  – Spirits, cocktails and lifestyle

Gin foundry – All about Gin

The whisky exchange – The world of spirits

Master of malt – Whiskey/Whisky

Bar management online resource

online bar management resourcesBevspot

The Website full of useful tools and resources from the bar management side of the business.



Advanced Mixology techniques and recipes

cocktail mixology techniques and recipes

Chef steps

While not officially a “cocktail” focused site, this culinary website has a couple of great mixology techniques and innovative cocktail recipes.

Molecular recipes

Exploring the molecular mixology techniques and recipes.

Online bartender education program

online bartender courses and training

Barsmarts certification program hosted by Pernod Ricard

  1. Spirit and wine knowledge for beginners
  2. Advanced mixology with industry experts

European bartender school

4-week international bartender course


Cocktail Events

cocktail and bar events

Negroni week – Presented by Imbibe and Campari for charitable causes

Tales of the cocktail – The world’s premier cocktail festival in New Orleans

Cocktail week – London

Cocktail menus for inspiration

Milk and Honey



Callooh Callay

Artesian Bar

Death Rabbit

1806 (Australia)


Cocktail & Drink Youtube Channels

cocktail youtube video channels

World class Drinks 

Cocktail Chemistry


Common man cocktails

Small screen network


Drinks tube


Let me know in the comments below If you’ve found this list helpful, have your own great resource that you would like to share or any other related questions.

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