Usually when we write about books on the blog, they're cookbooks. This book is a little different.
Part recipe book, part cocktail history and all rollicking ride through the stories that shaped the modern cocktail bar, David Wondrich's tome--whose complete title is Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar--is a must-read for anyone interested in cocktails or drinking history. In fact, the book, which was published in 2007, is such a wealth of knowledge that it's required reading for Anvil bartenders. Alba Huerta, who is about to open Southern cocktail bar Julep, said she often referenced Imbibe! while researching for the new concept.
The idea is to know not just how to make a drink, but why drinks are made the way they are. Imbibe! is probably the best guide out there to the whys and hows of making classic American cocktails.More »