5 Original Books About Alcohol for World Book Day 2021

by Chelsea Cummings
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To celebrate World Book Day 2021, Drinks&Co are sharing a compilation of 5 original books about alcohol that bookworms and drinks enthusiasts alike will love. Whether wine’s your jam or awesome cocktails, or even just drinking at home, alone, in your underwear, we’ve got the book for you.

1. Free the Tipple: Kickass Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Women, by Jennifer Croll

free the tipple cocktail book

If you’re looking for a beautifully illustrated cocktail book jam-packed with simple recipes and easy-to-find ingredients, this is the one for you. Oh, and did we mention it pays tribute to 60 of the world’s most badass and influential women?

Each double-page spread features a cocktail recipe crafted in honour of a brilliant woman in various fields like the arts, entertainment, politics, literature, fashion, science and sports. The diverse range of women includes people like Rihanna, Virginia Woolf, Serena Williams, Frida Kahlo, and Beyoncé.

This fun and practical recipe book is a refreshing celebration of the world’s most amazing women and makes an original gift for cocktail lovers

2. The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart

the drunken botanist

This New York Times bestseller is a fascinating guide to botany and booze. Ever thought about where your favourite tipple comes from? Whether your drink of choice is sake, whisky, tequila or rum, they’re all made from plants.

The Drunken Botanist explores the herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that humans throughout history have tried to turn into alcohol. Amy Stewart gives us a unique glimpse into the intriguing mix of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology that go into making our drinks.

Containing more than fifty drink recipes, as well as handy gardening tips, we’re sure this book will make you very popular at any cocktail party. 

3. Taste, by Roald Dahl

This short story by Roald Dahl tells a dark and curious tale about the twisted side of human nature.

It starts at a dinner party which is quiet and uneventful at first until the host makes an unusual wager with one of the guests about the vintage and cru of the Bordeaux served. At stake is the hand of the host’s daughter.

Taste is a perfect example of the cynicism and criticism that Dahl, best known for his children’s books, uses to describe society in his more “adult” stories.

4. The Winemaker, by Noah Gordon

Set in Languedoc at the end of the 19th century, Josep Álvarez, a young Catalan man, discovers the art of winemaking thanks to Monsieur Mendès, a French winegrower.

After receiving the news of his father’s death, Josep returns to his homeland, where he discovers that his brother wants to get rid of the family vineyard and that Maria, the woman he was in love with, has started a family with another man.

Amidst turmoil, succession struggles and political assassinations, will Josep be able to realise his dream of producing a Spanish wine as good as the wines made in France? You’ll have to read it to find out.

5. Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), Miska Rantanen

Danes have hygge. Swedes have lagom. But the Finns have the best – “kalsarikänni” or päntsdrunk – drinking at home, alone, in your underwear.

Pantsdrunk book - one of our favourite books about alcohol

Whenever it comes to happiness rankings, Finland always ranks near the top. The Finns have a world-class education system, score high when it comes to gender equality and have a successful welfare state. The secret to their success? “Kalsarikänni”, translated as päntsdrunk.

You’ve probably engaged in päntsdrunk before, though you might have called it by a different name. This popular Finnish pastime involves the following steps:

  1. Strip down to your undies.
  2. Get comfy on the sofa.
  3. Find some snacks.
  4. Put all your devices within easy reach to lose yourself in social media.
  5. Open your favourite drink.

Your journey towards inner peace and a better life has begun! Find out more in this amusing insight into this typically Finnish pastime


We hope you’ve been inspired to read some of these5 Original Books About Alcohol and that you have an inc-read-able World Book Day. And to finish off, we’re leaving you with our top pairing suggestions for these fantastic books. Enjoy! 

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The Botanist Gin 70cl Herb Planter Gift

Mix gorgeous cocktails with The Botanist Gin and grow your own cocktail garnishes from seeds with this easy-to-use herb planter.

 TAGS:Château Haut Bardin Bordeaux 2014

Château Haut Bardin Bordeaux 2014

This round, soft and attractive Bordeaux pairs perfectly with a good book!

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Vodka Finlandia Cranberry

The perfect choice for a päntsdrunk cocktail?

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