Dive Into Drinks

Discover the world’s most popular drinks: tea, coffee, milk, beer, wine, and cocktails!

August 4, 2022

Inspired by Tom Standage’s A History Of The World In 6 Glasses, we’re taking a look at the world’s most popular drinks:


A History Of The World In 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

A History Of The World In 6 Glasses

Tom Standage

An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks–beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola–describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind’s adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.

Tea & Tea Leaves

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook by Mary Lou Heiss, Robert J Heiss

The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook
A Guide To Enjoying The World’s Best Teas

Mary Lou Heiss, Robert J Heiss

Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage on the planet after water? Or that all of the world’s tea originates from only three varieties of a single plant? While a cup of tea may be a simple pleasure for most of us, there are a dizzying number of tastes from which to choose. And every tea, whether a delicately sweet green tea from Japan or a bracing, brisk Darjeeling black, tells a story in the cup about the land that nurtured it and the tea-making skills that transformed it.

Homegrown Tea by Cassie Liversidge

Homegrown Tea
An Illustrated Guide To Planting, Harvesting, And Blending Teas And Tisanes

Cassie Liversidge

Liversidge shows you how to grow a large variety of plants in your own garden, on a balcony or even on a window sill, to create your own tea cupboard. From growing your tea from seeds, cuttings, or small plants, as well as which parts of the plant are used to make tea, she lays out when and how to harvest your plants; how to dry it to make tea you can store to last you throughout the year; how to make up fresh and dried teabags; and how to serve a delicious homegrown tea.

Chicken Soup For The Tea Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patricia Lorenz

Chicken Soup For The Tea Lover’s Soul
Stories Steeped In Comfort

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patricia Lorenz

A collection of anecdotes about special moments experienced by tea drinkers includes short notes about the history of tea, health benefits of the beverage, and tips on buying, storing, and preparing tea.

Infused by Henrietta Lovell

Adventures In Tea

Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell, “The Rare Tea Lady,” is on a mission to revolutionize the way we drink tea by replacing industrially produced teabags with the highest quality tea leaves. Her quest has seen her travel to the Shire Highlands of Malawi, across the foothills of the Himalayas, and to hidden gardens in the Wuyi-Shan to source the world’s most extraordinary teas. Infused invites us to discover these remarkable places, introducing us to the individual growers and household name chefs Lovell has met along the way.

Coffee & Coffee Beans

The Coffee Book by Anette Moldvaer

The Coffee Book

Anette Moldvaer

Are you a coffee lover who wants to learn how to extract the perfect brew? This coffee guide and recipe book is a must-have for anyone looking for information and inspiration to experiment with different beans, methods, and flavors.

The Blue Bottle Craft Of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, Tara Duggan

The Blue Bottle Craft Of Coffee
Growing, Roasting, And Drinking, With Recipes

James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, Tara Duggan

A guide to selecting and brewing artisan coffees covers how to use standard kitchen tools to make professional-tasting coffees and espressos and is complemented by recipes for coffee-inspired treats.

Coffee by Antony Wild

A Dark History

Antony Wild

A five-hundred-year history of coffee draws on sources in alchemy, anthropology, politics, and other disciplines to document coffee’s identity as one of the most valuable legally traded commodities in the world, tracing its origins in fifteenth-century East Africa, its rise as an imperial consumer product, its role in commercialism and social disruption, and more.

The Monk Of Mokha by Dave Eggers

The Monk Of Mokha

Dave Eggers

The best-selling author of The Circle traces his upbringing as a Yemeni-American in San Francisco and his dream of resurrecting the ancient art of cultivating, roasting and importing Yemeni coffee, an endeavor that is challenged by the brutal realities of Yemen’s 2015 civil war.

Coffeeland by Augustine Sedgewick

One Man’s Dark Empire And The Making Of Our Favorite Drug

Augustine Sedgewick

A Harvard-educated economist documents the epic history of the role of coffee in connecting and dividing the modern world, tracing coffee’s unexpected 500-year evolution from an ingredient in a mysterious Muslim ritual to a major influencer in modern El Salvador.

Milk (Yes, Milk!)

Milk! by Mark Kurlansky

A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Mark Kurlansky

Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid’s diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

Milk by Anne Mendelson

The Surprising Story Of Milk Through The Ages

Anne Mendelson

A food lover’s guide to milk combines a culinary history that traces the popularity of milk in the human diet, the dietary applications of both fresh milk and fermented milk products, and the development of the modern-day dairy industry with more than 120 recipes from around the world, such as Cream of Tomato Soup, Beef Stroganoff, and Pashka.

Beer and Other Brews

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book by George Hummel

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book
200 Easy Recipes From Ales & Lagers To Extreme Beers & International Favorites

George Hummel

Making beer at home is as easy as making soup! George Hummel smoothly guides the reader through the process of creating a base to which the homebrewer can apply a myriad of intriguing flavorings, such as fruits, spices and even smoke. There are also outstanding and easy recipes for delicious meads, tasty ciders and great sodas — all of which can be made in a home kitchen and with minimal equipment.

Will Travel For Beer by Stephen Beaumont

Will Travel For Beer
101 Remarkable Journeys Every Beer Lover Should Experience

Stephen Beaumont

From the walkable breweries of Ashville, North Carolina, to Oktoberfest in Brazil and the breweries of Beijing, discover 101 traditional, quirky, absurd, must-visit beer destinations across the globe. Find the world’s most romantic pub crawl in Bruges, drink beer in paradise in Latin America or step into Germany via Bangkok, Thailand.

Ambitious Brew by Maureen Ogle

Ambitious Brew
The Story Of American Beer

Maureen Ogle

An epic history of beer brewing in America traces the pivotal contributions of mid-nineteenth-century German immigrants, who over the course of fifty years helped to render beer one of the nation’s most popular beverages, in a chronicle that evaluates the contributions of Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and prohibitionists.

The Home Brewer's Companion by Charlie Papazian

The Home Brewer’s Companion
The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing Master’s Edition

Charlie Papazian

In this inviting, easy-to-follow, hands-on guide, Charlie Papazian, the godfather of homebrewing, takes readers beyond the basics of homebrewing. This second edition of the classic volume includes detailed charts and tables, the latest techniques and equipment information, new recipes, and more.

Make Mead Like A Viking by Jereme Zimmerman

Make Mead Like A Viking
Traditional Techniques For Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines And Beers

Jereme Zimmerman

Make Mead Like a Viking explores the traditional Nordic home-brewing methods for mead, based on years of research and experimental testing. While this book covers the practical details on making mead, it aims to relinquish the technical lingo for a more story-based approach, incorporating the deep historical and mythological origins of mead-making.

Wine and Vineyards

Napa At Last Light by James Conaway

Napa At Last Light
America’s Eden In An Age Of Calamity

James Conaway

A New York Times bestselling author reveals how the beautiful, isolated Napa Valley wine region of California exploded into an extraordinary outsized version of the American dream and whose vineyards sparked an unbelievable power struggle between old family stewardship and multinational corporations.

Wine Isn't Rocket Science by Ophelie Neiman

Wine Isn’t Rocket Science
A Quick & Easy Guide To Understanding, Buying, Tasting, & Pairing Every Type Of Wine

Ophelie Neiman

An illustrated, informative guide to understanding and enjoying wine covers everything from how grapes are grown, harvested, and turned into wine to judging the color, aroma, and taste of the world’s most popular varietals.

The Wine Lover's Daughter by Anne Fadiman

The Wine Lover’s Daughter
A Memoir

Anne Fadiman

An award-winning author and essayist delves into her relationship with her father, a wine lover, by tracing his infatuation with the potent potable—from a glass he drank in Paris in 1927 to the one he had on his 80th birthday.

A History Of Connecticut Wine by Eric D Lehman, Amy Nawrocki

A History Of Connecticut Wine
Vineyard In Your Backyard

Eric D Lehman, Amy Nawrocki

Join local wine enthusiasts Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki as they explore the intricacies of the region’s local blends, the vintners that craft them, and the people who taste them. With vineyards and wineries in every corner of the state you’re likely to find one that suits your palate in your backyard.

The Ultimate Wine Companion by Kevin Zraly

The Ultimate Wine Companion
The Complete Guide To Understanding Wine By The World’s Foremost Wine Authorities

Kevin Zraly

Kevin Zraly has assembled the finest writers of the last 50 years to explain everything you need to know about wine. Each one addresses the subject he or she is most famous for, including decanting, tasting, grapes, matching food and wine, winemaking, sustainable vineyards, the various wine countries and regions, terroir, and much, much more.

How To Love Wine by Eric Asimov

How To Love Wine
A Memoir And Manifesto

Eric Asimov

A highly respected New York Times wine critic, combining his professional knowledge with personal anecdotes, introduces the diverse and complex world of wine in a down-to-earth manner that takes the anxiety and fear out of selecting and ordering wine to have an exquisite, deeply satisfying experience.

Hello, Wine by Melanie Wagner

Hello, Wine
The Most Essential Things You Need To Know About Wine

Melanie Wagner

This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner’s down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store.

Wine Wars by Michael Veseth

Wine Wars
The Curse Of The Blue Nun, The Miracle Of Two Buck Chuck, And The Revenge Of The Terroirists

Michael Veseth

Globalization has pushed back the borders of the wine world, creating a complex, interconnected market where Old World and New World wines and producers compete head to head. Writing with wit and verve, Michael Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market forces that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. It is the battle for the future of wine—and even for its soul.

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Cork Dork
A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among The Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, And Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me To Live For Taste

Bianca Bosker

A tech reporter describes her introduction to the world of master sommeliers and her in-depth investigation into the source of their interests and skills, an effort marked by work with elite tasting groups, encounters at exclusive New York restaurants, visits to California winemakers and more.

Home Winemaking For Dummies by Tim Patterson

Home Winemaking For Dummies

Tim Patterson

An informative, fun guide to making your own wine. It’s estimated that one million North Americans make their own wine. Relatively inexpensive to make (a homemade bottle costs from $2 to $4), a bottle with your own label (and grapes) is a fantasy even someone with modest aspirations can fulfill. Author Tim Patterson, an award-winning home winemaker, shows how it’s possible for anyone to create a great wine.

Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

Book Girl's Guide To Cocktails For Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern

Book Girl’s Guide To Cocktails For Book Lovers

Tessa Smith McGovern

From Jane Austen’s little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway’s beloved mojitos, each entry pairs a classic or contemporary author with a cocktail recipe that’s inspired by either one of their works or a popular drink from their era, along with an excerpt, a bio, and an additional book recommendation. It’s a fabulous, chic pairing that’s the perfect book club idea! After all, what’s better than cocktails, conversation, and culture?

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

The Drunken Botanist
The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries. Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.

Storied Bars Of New York by Delia Cabe

Storied Bars Of New York
Where Literary Luminaries Go To Drink

Delia Cabe

In a visual and historical celebration of the best literary pubs, cocktail bars and taverns of New York City, well-read drinkers and boozy bookworms everywhere will delight in the profiles of each bar, which are accompanied by photographs, a list of the writerly clientele and a recipe for each establishment’s signature drink.

The Bartender's Standard Manual by Fred Powell

The Bartender’s Standard Manual

Fred Powell

Over 700 recipes for mastering the science of skillfully mixing drinks, arranged alphabetically. This book can make anyone an expert bartender.

Mocktail Party by Kerry Benson

Mocktail Party
75 Plant-Based, Non-Alcoholic Mocktail Recipes For Every Occasion

Kerry Benson

Swap your favorite cocktails with these plant-based mocktail alternatives! Developed by two registered dietitians, the non-alcoholic drink recipes in Mocktail Party feature nutritious, all-natural ingredients with minimal sugar that you can easily find at any grocery store. The book also features valuable information about the benefits of an alcohol-free lifestyle, tips for sustainable mixology, and advice for ordering mocktails at a restaurant or bar.