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After watching one or two episodes of Star Trek, a strange sensation occurred in me. For the very first time in my life, I wanted to try "Green," a drink on the show that no one knows how to make, simply calling it by the emerald hue it had. I just needed to know what it was and what it tasted like.
Then I got to thinking, I'm probably not the only person to have that happen. Plenty of geeks and nerds undoubtedly wish that they could be sitting in the best nerdy bars across the world trying some of the drinks their favorite characters enjoy from their favorite shows, in the pages of their beloved books, and within their most treasured games.
Mixologists noticed this, and started to make cocktail recipe books that cater to fandoms of all sorts. If you want to unleash your inner nerd's drinking desire, get thirsty over these awesome bartending books.
The Geeky Chef Drinks by Cassandra Reeder
If you're looking for an all-around geeky, nerdy book, filled to the brim with cocktails based on a variety of different fandoms, you can't get a better pick than Cassandra Reeder's The Geeky Chef Drinks.
This is one of the few cocktail recipe books that features drinks from Game of Thrones alongside cocktails mentioned on Star Trek. Whether you're a fan of Legend of Zelda or Firefly, there will be at least one or two mixed drinks that will pique your interest.
Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook by Victoria Rosenthal
Don't be fooled by the title, Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook also happens to double as one of the better cocktail recipe books to feature non-alcoholic beverages. Family-friendly and decadently tasty, this book is a perfect gift for fans of the Fallout franchise.
Bottlecaps not included.
Hearthstone: Innkeeper's Tavern Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
Hearthstone fans already know that this fantasy world has amazing cuisine, but did you know that the official tavern cookbook also contains amazingly tasty cocktail recipes, too?
The cocktails in this book are incredible, and look just as good as they taste. Guzzling down a glass of Blood of the Ancient Ones has never been so appealing.
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle
Tequila Mockingbird is a different type of geeky cocktail book. Rather than talk about sci-fi movies, games, or fantasy novels, this remains one of the only cocktail recipe books devoted to classic literature.
The entire book has a bunch of recipes that are named after famous literary characters—or just name them using puns of classic literature titles, as the name suggests. The library-going geek in your life will love you for it.
Drink Me: Curious Cocktails from Wonderland by Nick Perry
If you're a goth or a raver, chances are that you have a certain soft spot for Lewis Carroll and the Alice in Wonderland franchise. Most people associate the classic book with hard drug use, but let's just face it—that Mad Hatter probably wasn't drinking tea.
Drink Me is one of the only Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktail recipe books you'll ever find. Next time you want to kick it with a seriously wild tea party, this book's recipes will have you covered.
The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy by Andy Heidel
When I was researching this article, I was surprised—no, shocked—to find out how few books out there are devoted to spacey themes. There were no fully dedicated official cocktail recipe books for franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, or even Battlestar Galactica!
Thankfully, The Cocktail Galaxy pretty much acts like a golden catch-all book for all cocktails that have a science-fiction twist to them. You'll get starry-eyed over these quirky quaffs in no time.
50 Amazing Cocktails Inspired by Harry Potter by Archie Thomas
Potterheads who are a bit older (read: legal drinking age) definitely seem to enjoy adding a little magic to their potions. That being said, this cocktail bartending book isn't just solely relegated to the Potterverse.
50 Amazing Cocktails Inspired by Harry Potter is a book that blends the most popular cocktails in the world with novelty drinks like the Huff N' Puff. And, 50 recipes is a lot more than you'd think it is. It's a hefty book.
This makes Archie Thomas's offering a perfect gift for both muggles and wizards alike.
How to Archer by Sterling Archer
Along with being a pretty epic Archer-themed cocktail book, How to Archer is an all-around fan book for people who wish to know how everyone's favorite dysfunctional super spy handles his life.
From hilarious guides on how to handle women to little-known trivia about the smash hit cartoon series, How to Archer is an awesome accessory to any Hulu binge or spy-themed party.
Most of the recipes are designed to be friendly towards home bartending buffs. Your home bar will thank you for this addition, especially during your Netflix and Hulu binges.
Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming by Ian Fleming
Speaking of super spies, let's raise a glass to the OG of all spy novels, movies, and television shows, shall we? James Bond will always be a major geeky icon, and to a point, has become an iconic drinker because of all the mentions of cocktails in the franchise.
Shaken is the official cocktail book for Bond fans, and you know what? It's phenomenal. Ian Fleming actually helped create this official recipe book, and you can definitely tell. It's cool, calm, classy, and just a little bit dangerous.
Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology by Will Francis and Stacey Marsh
Finally, if there's one thing that geeks love, it is movies. Therefore, what could be better than getting a sip of your favorite movie? That's the idea of this massive movie-themed cocktail encyclopedia.
Whether you're a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fan or just a fan of Batman, you'll not find many cocktail recipe books that appeal quite as much as this one does to your movie tastes—not to mention your tastebuds.