Cheap Thrill: How to Become an Expert Bartender

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It’s a known fact: Every successful party has good drinks. But what if you’re not a real maestro behind the bar? Start with this extensive cocktail bible composed by siblings Andre and Tenaya Darlington. Besides providing detailed instructions on how to craft some of your favorite libations, the book gives a complete history of some classic recipes and spirits. It also has reimagined bar classics so that you can create unique cocktails with a familiar spin for your guests, and finally broaden your tastes beyond a vodka soda — not that we’re judging.

The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Handcrafted Drinks, $22 at Urban Outfitters