What To Brew, Mix, & Serve | Wyatt’s World

Cocktail culture took off years ago, and so far there are no signs of even a slow fade. The surge of reader interest in crafting home brews and mixers with novel taste has publishers paying attention. Here are five suggested titles to match a range of libations with lasting appeal; stock your collections well.

  • True Brews: How To Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home by Emma Christensen (Ten Speed). Want to make your own root beer or kefir? Craft your own artisan beer? Christensen offers guidance, tools, and recipes.
  • Cooking Light Chill: Smoothies, Slushes, Shakes, Juices, Drinks and Ices by Cooking Light Eds. (Oxmoor). Get ready for summer with this guide to all beverages icy—and far healthier than the typical sugar-rush smoothie.
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle (Running Pr.). Federle’s quip of a cocktail guide mixes Jane Eyre with gin and Shakespeare with juleps.
  • Make Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More by Anton Nocito with Lynn Marie Hulsman (Clarkson Potter: Crown). From cocktails to egg creams, Nocito and Hulsman’s how-to delivers a wide range of drinks for both kids and adults to enjoy.
  • The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart (Algonquin). Green-thumb mixologists as well as cocktail hour scientists will salivate over Stewart’s guide to the origin of drink ingredients.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net