Be Your Own Bartender

A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail
Carey Jones, John McCarthy
Book cover for Be Your Own Bartender by Carey Jones
Discover what you want to drink through spirited flow charts ending in cocktail nirvana

Every adventurous (and/or indecisive) drinker has wished for a Magic 8-Ball to suggest a cocktail. Sure, a bartender can help, but even better is Be Your Own Bartender ! Think of it as a portable mixologist with questions designed to lead readers to their ideal drink. A dozen “booze maps”—interactive flow charts leading to one of 151 original cocktails—make this stylish and unusual approach as simple as it is fun.

For instance: The reader is throwing herself a birthday party and wants a signature drink. The book asks, gin, whiskey, or tequila? “Gin.” Light and refreshing, or stiff and bitter? “Light and refreshing.” Sweet and fruity, or less sweet and herbal? “Less sweet and herbal.” Easy to make, or a little more ambitious? “Easy.” The cocktail: A Basil ’75, with lemon juice, fresh basil, and sparkling wine.

Divided into chapters by spirit, with bonus flow charts designed by category (geek out, party on, drink all day), there’s something for everyone.

November 2018
0 x 0 | 240pp | Paperback |
Illustrations throughout
$24.95 (US)
$33.95 (CA)
About the Author
Carey Jones, a spirits writer and former Serious Eats editor, is the author of Brooklyn Bartender, and has been featured by Saveur, Forbes, and others. She writes for Food& Wine, among other publications, and has appeared as a cocktail expert on NPR’s Dinner Party Download.
John McCarthy is a mixologist who designs cocktails for individuals, brands, and corporations. He has been featured online by Today, Good Morning America, and People.