Classic Cocktail History and References: Libation Library

For the Classic Cocktail¬† Connoisseur, the enjoyment of cocktails stems equally from drinking cocktails, mixing these libations and sharing with friends, as well as following their fascinating history. And what a chronicle there is!¬† Recipe books, guides, and manuals about cocktails, liquers, bitters, drinks, mixed drinks — whatever you might call them — abounded since their beginning, and continue to this day.

For the casual cocktail sipper, to the devoted cocktail enthusiast, there is good news — many of these hard to find materials are out of copyright, and have been transformed into digital documents, available to anyone with with an internet connection and a tap of the finger.

Here is an abridged list of those cocktails guides and books available for you to view at your leisure, on the web.