Six drinks books that make ideal stocking fillers

The Home Bar by Henry Jeffreys

This is the ideal book for anyone in your life with a rapidly expanding booze collection and a desire to make like Tom Cruise in Cocktail and run their own bar, albeit from the comfort and safety of their own home.

Full of gorgeous glossy photos of some of the most beautiful bars on the planet, by the end of the book you’ll be dusting off your shaker and making plans to scour vintage fairs for a cut-price cocktail cabinet.

Written in his signature conversational style and oozing with rapier-sharp wit, Jeffreys’ book is full of useful tips for those aspiring to set up their own bar at home, covering everything from glassware, lighting and equipment to sourcing spirits and the importance of comfy bar stools.

The book also charts the cultural history of bar design, from its Art Deco beginnings to the present day. At the back are 30 cocktail recipes, ranging from classics like the Negroni and Daiquiri to more daring avant-garde creations.

Having been lavished with praise for his debut tome, Empire of Booze, The Home Bar has been similarly well received. The Telegraph’s Victoria Moore called it: “A persuasive paean to the glories of the home bar. If you have dreamed of building a bar inside your house, you need this book.”

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