Old formulas and standbys get revised or revisited in this hardcover that is part cocktail history lesson, part recipe collection. Yet even the modern updates in the Essential Cocktail Book respect the lore and the core of these beverages. Sourced from renowned bartenders past and present, the recipes on offer provide a unique perspective on the classic mixed drink. Home bartenders will learn to master classics like the Gimlet and Old Fashioned and take some risks riffing on old school favorites. Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes By Megan Krigbaum. Published by Ten Speed Press. Hardcover. 352 pages.