Book Review: The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails by Amy Zavatto


The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails by Amy Zavatto

100 Timeless Creative & Tempting Recipes

Rockridge Press (December 24, 2019)

Cocktails & Mixed Drinks



Lift your spirits―cocktails that take bourbon to the next level

If you’re a bourbon aficionado―or an aspiring one―you hold in your hands the essential guide to plenty of inventive and exciting ways to savor an American classic. From a traditional Old Fashioned to a Churchill Downs Crusta, explore 100 cocktails that incorporate flavors from a variety of bourbons, regions, and time periods.

From a solo nightcap, to pre-dinner drinks for two and cocktails for a crowd, you’ll learn to whip up the perfect bourbon drink for every occasion. Taste trendy new flavors created exclusively for this book, and long-forgotten recipes from the Prohibition era.

The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails offers:

  • Bow down to bourbon―Every cocktail is catalogued based on flavor profile, including savory, tart, hot, frosty, fruity, decadent, and even party punches.
  • Better than a bartender―Impress your guests by making your own grenadines and syrups from scratch.
  • Peek inside the barrel―Learn about how bourbon is made, what makes it great, the correct terminology, and some of its fascinating history.

Mix things up with a complete book of classic and creative cocktails for bourbon lovers.





The recipes are written well and easy to follow. It is a good size book. Most recipes only require a few ingredients, however most I do not currently keep on hand. Seems like there’s a recipe to fit any occasion. Good resource to have on hand to explore bourbon cocktails beyond the norm

ARC provided by publisher/Callisto Publishing Club

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (December 22, 2019)



Amy Zavatto writes about spirits, cocktails, and wine for, Men’s Journal, Beverage Media, Wine Enthusiast, SevenFifty Daily, Budget Travel, Hamptons, Shape, for whom she is also part of the Shape Brain Trust, and many others. She is a Contributing Editor to Imbibe magazine and the author of The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails: 100 Timeless, Creative, & Tempting Recipes; Prosecco Made Me Do It: 60 Seriously Sparkling Cocktails, as well as Forager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients; The Architecture of the Cocktail; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bartending; and co-author of The Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing. She holds the Level III Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. A native of eastern Long Island, Amy is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She lives, drinks, and eats in New York City.




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