Oh Boy... A Book to read!
And what a Book... But first, recently I was asked by the good folks at Blogging for Books to review this book. The book was free, but the opinions are all mine...
And my opinion... I LOVED THIS BOOK.
A Proper Drink: The Untold Story of How a Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World is the story of New York and the other drinking capitals of the world in the late 80's and early 90's as told by the bartenders who lived beyond the age of the sweet and sour mixer drinks of the 70's and introduced an all new golden age of the cocktail. The book is full of first person accounts of underground bars, secret buzz words to get mixologists enthused and the after hours get togethers to spread the new gospel.
Here's what the publisher has to say... "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.".
Written by the Cocktail and Drinks writer for the New York Times (WHAT A JOB!!!), Robert Simonson. Mr Simonson was there for the revolution and writes with the energy of as true convert. The Fru Fru wine and fake fern bars have been replaced with adventure and this book leads the cheer.
It has changed the way I go out. No more beer and shot orders for me, now I am looking for ther legendary Sazaracs and Nigranos, but also searching for the mixologists who are experimenting with their own creations. Always harder to find than a cold one, but so much more rewarding when you get a good one.
Love the stories and could not recommend the book more.
A toast to the adventure that starts now!
I am so thrilled to add this book to my library. A terrific inspiration.
As a gift or a new reference book for yourself, this is a keeper.