Buy the Book: Essential Summer Drink–er, Reading

Liquid Vacation is available on Amazon and Or you can pick one up and have it signed by the author at the June 22 launch party at Frankie’s Tiki Room. While you’re at it, here are a few more tomes for your cocktail table and the beverages with which to enjoy them.

The Negroni, by Gary Regan

If you’re a fan of the Negroni, you’ll appreciate this ode to that most revered and simple of cocktails (gin, Campari, sweet vermouth), including the history of Italian cowboy creator and namesake Count Negroni, essays, quotations, Negroni variations and comments from the world’s top bartenders and personalities such as David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan and even Orson Wells. Enjoy with a Negroni, of course! Jared Brown, 2013, $15.

The Audacity of Hops, by Tom Acitelli

Chronicling the birth and growth of the American craft-beer industry since the mid-1960s, the former New York Observer senior editor keeps it light with photos and entertaining stories. Still, he manages to satisfy the beer geek’s thirst for detail. It’s the other greatest story ever told. Settle in with a bomber of Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale. Chicago Review Press, 2013, $20.

A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine, by Jim Laughren

Described as “a friendly, arm-around-the-shoulder wine primer,” this guide cuts the crap and gets down to explaining wine in clear, concise language. If you can rattle off your favorite hops and their attributes, you can understand wine. Read while drinking a jammy, impertinent zinfandel. Just kidding—crack a PBR for this one! Crosstown Publishing, 2012, $17.

The Wine Forger’s Handbook, by Stuart George and Dr. Noah Charney

Such a hot dinner-party topic right now! A journalist and an art-crime expert team up to give a short history of forgery and fraud in the wine world, including the recent Kurniawan case and the unbelievable Rodenstock lawsuit. Tear through this easily digestible e-book with something vintage and expensive. Barolista Books, 2013, $3 for Kindle on

The Patrón Way, by Ilana Edelstein

“From fantasy to fortune,” the cover fairly barks, “lessons on taking any business from idea to iconic brand.” Edelstein tells the story of how Patrón tequila marketed itself (thanks, ahem, in part to Edelstein) to become one of the world’s leading premium tequila brands. Read this with a Patrón Paloma (reposado, lime juice, grapefruit soda on the rocks) and perhaps a grain of salt. McGraw-Hill, 2013, $25.



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