Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Ask a Bartender: Which Are Your Favorite Cocktail Books, and Why?

Making cocktails is one part creativity, one part knowledge of the classics. And there are a lot of fine tomes out there that detail the cocktail tradition. What books can teach us the most about drinks? We asked 16 bartenders for their favorite cocktail books. Here's what they had to say.

About the author: Carey Jones is the managing editor of Serious Eats. Follow her on Twitter (@careyjones).

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