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If you're looking for creative ways to fill your glass, look no further than our blossoming collection of ebooks! That's right, your library features more than just fictional downloads, you can explore a wide variety of non-fiction topics such as homebrewing, bartending and even mocktails!

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart offers a wonderfully engaging history of the plants, both benign and dangerous, that created the most famous and tastiest drinks in the world. It’s a distillation of the plants that “represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history” and has over fifty recipes.

Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers refines the science of spirits into a very readable narrative.

From science to kitchen, the next three books take you from novice to expert in no time flat. 1000 Best Bartender Recipes by Suzi Parker and The Bartender's Bible by Gary Regan both have recipes that are easy to follow. The expert chefs of America's Test Kitchen, the folks that liken cooking to part art, part science, have given us How to Cocktail: Recipes and Techniques for Building the Best Drinks.

For those who like the flavor without the alcohol, we have Cooking Well’s Alcohol-Free Beverages by Judy Eding or Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be by Alyssa Gusenoff.  Both of these delightful authors take alcohol-free way beyond the Shirley Temple.


In the spirit of shopping local and helping our community, we encourage you to shop local for your needs. Burlington County is lucky to be the home to a number of craft beer breweries. A craft beer is a beer made in a traditional fashion by a small, independent brewery.  Some of our local breweries are and most have something for you to try this weekend.

We are lucky in Burlington County to be sitting right in the middle of the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area, which means we have the right kind soil and climate to grow flavorful grapes for wine. This equals to the talents of many vintners at the following wineries, all of which are now offering curbside pick up or delivery.

Please, as always, drink responsibility, even at home.