The best bartender guides include Dale DeGroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail” and Gary Regan’s “The Joy of Mixology,” according to About.com. These books offer substantial collections of cocktail recipes for bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts.
In “The Craft of the Cocktail,” expert Dale DeGroff details recipes for 500 different cocktails, providing specific tips and popular variations. The book includes traditional cocktails as well as DeGroff’s own creations, some of which have become bar staples.
Gary Regan’s “The Joy of Mixology” features an in-depth history of mixed drinks along with a large collection of recipes organized into tables by major drink categories. Regan also offers tips for bartenders based on his own experience.