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Further Reference
"If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt" - Dean Martin.
While experimentation will be the key to developing the skills for good Cocktail / Drinks making, reading up on and following recipes is invaluable. To this end you'll find here a list of useful websites and books.
The websites listed below, while certainly not a comprehensive list and at this point not reviewed and recommended, will provide a good place to start.
Despite the popularity of drinks and cocktails currently enjoyed in the United Kingdom, you don't have to pay through the nose to get a book with a good selection of recipes/ideas. Most of the books listed here have been picked up in the cheap book shops for between £5 and £10. Below is a list of the books that I currently have and use.
1001 Cocktails & other decadent drinks - Parragon Books
ISBN: 978-1-4075-7317-5 - Published: 2010
Bar & Cocktail Book - Michael Jackson
ISBN: 1-84000-563-7 - Published: 2002
*The Bartender's Companion to 750 Cocktails - Stuart Walton, Suzannah Olivier and Joanna Farrow
ISBN: 1-84477-776-6 - Published: 2005
*The Bartender's Guide - Peter Bohrmann
ISBN: 0-86288-379-2 - Published: 2005
The Big Book of Cocktails - Brian Lucas
ISBN: 1-904292-73-9 - Published: 2003
Class Magazine - Simon Difford
Subscriptions available from - Published: Since 1997
Cocktails - WH Smith
ISBN: 0-600-59985-X - Published: 1999
Guide to Tequila - Laurence Kretchmer
ISBN: 3-8290-1907-6 - Published: 1998
Innocent Little Book of Drinks - Innocent
ISBN: 1-84115-726-0 - Published: 2002
The Little Book of Classic Cocktails - Hamlyn Press
ISBN: 0-600-60748-8 - Published: 2002
The Little Book of Vodka Cocktails - Hamlyn Press
ISBN: 0-600-60749-6 - Published: 2002
The Little Black Book of Shots and Shooters - Eric Furman and Lou Harry
ISBN: 1-59359-998-6 - Published: 2005
*The PDT Cocktail Book - Jim Meehan
ISBN: 978-1-4027-7923-7 - Published: 2011
*The Savoy Cocktail Book - Harry Craddock with new additions from Daniel Baernreuther, Erik Lorinez and their team
ISBN: 978-1-86205-296-3 - Published: 2011
The Ultimate Little Frozen Drinks Book - Ray Foley
ISBN: 1-4022-0679-8 - Published: 2001 (Reprinted 2006)
* Recommended