Looking for a way to celebrate Merica’ year round? The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast ($13) should do the trick. This helpful bartender companion, written by the trustworthy purveyors of liquid culture over at Imbibe Magazine, covers a unique selection of 50 favourites from master bartenders that define the contemporary American liquor landscape. Recipes span from a marionberry bramble from Jeffrey Morgenthaler in Portland, Oregon, to a strawberry julep from Jenni Pittman Louisville, Kentucky, or an apple-based cocktail from Jim Meehan in New York City. There really is a libation in here for everyone and, with a little practice and a lot of tasting, there might also be a future master bartender in you yet.

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