Most cocktail books are small, useful volumes. Not so this lavish, gift-worthy stunner. It has greater than 600 recipes, most documented with history-filled headnotes, stunning pictures and even a gold ribbon to carry your house. I cherished the Outdated Cuban by Audrey Saunders, made with rum and Champagne, and the pre-Prohibition English cobbler deepened with black tea. The recipes are organized in line with model, in classes like sours and punches, that are typically arduous to comply with. All of the martinis aren’t in a single place, for instance. There’s a useful index in line with spirit identify and essential ingredient, and one other by identify of drink.
“Spirited: Cocktails From Across the World” by Adrienne Stillman (Phaidon, $49.95).