A Proper Drink: The Untold Story of How a Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Sep 20, 2016 - Cooking - 352 pages
A narrative history of the craft cocktail renaissance, written by a New York Times cocktail writer and one of the foremost experts on the subject.

A Proper Drink is the first-ever book to tell the full, unflinching story of the contemporary craft cocktail revival. Award-winning writer Robert Simonson interviewed more than 200 key players from around the world, and the result is a rollicking (if slightly tipsy) story of the characters--bars, bartenders, patrons, and visionaries--who in the last 25 years have changed the course of modern drink-making. The book also features a curated list of about 40 cocktails--25 modern classics, plus an additional 15 to 20 rediscovered classics and classic contenders--to emerge from the movement.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
1
A BRITISH BARTENDER
20
ill tiniS AND COSMOS
33
tw ANGELS IN THE EAST WILLAGE
47
wil ALONG THE LEFT COAST
69
Tommys Margarita
84
INVENTING THE AMBASSADOR
107
LONDON ASSURANCE
113
THE ENTREPRENEURS
199
xxw SoMEWHERE IN EASTERN EUROPE
205
THE GOLDEN ERA
211
oLD HOTELS NEW BLOOD 2 m 7
219
BarrelAged Negron
236
BRINGING IT ALL HOME
237
TAKING BACK TIKI
257
THE BIG TIME
265

THE ANTISASHA
119
FOAM AND FLAMES
131
EXCHANGE PROGRAM
139
cocktails to THE MASSES
149
xwill THE MERRY PRANKSTER
155
THE BALLET DANCER AND THE MONK
173
MILK HONEY WEST
181
THE SCOLDS
187
OTHER CITIES OTHER BARS
277
xxxill A COCKTAIL CONVENTION
291
A MAN IN A ROOM 2 97
299
xxxw THE BIGGER TIME 3 03
305
xxxwl OPEN 24 HOURS 3 11
315
26
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ROBERT SIMONSON is a cocktail and drinks writer for the New York Times, a six-time Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award nominee, and the author of The Old-Fashioned. One of the leading authorities on spirits and cocktail culture in the United States, he also writes for Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Imbibe, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Saveur, Eater, PUNCH, and more.

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