On Monday, December 3 at 7PM at Cantina there is a book release party the English language version of Wings of Cherubs, a novelization of the author's search for the recipe for the original Pisco Punch.
Book signing and release of Wings of Cherubs—A book that unravels the secrets of Pisco Punch, the magic and mysterious concoction of San Francisco, California, of the early 1900s. In an entertaining way, the narrative describes the saga of a protagonist obsessed with discovering the recipe of the secret beverage, long lost since the death of its creator en 1926. With the gift of being able to transport himself in time, he reveals little known historical anecdotes of San Francisco. The book climaxes presenting the recipe of the famous Pisco Punch for the benefit of all those who love history and Pisco brandy. (254 pgs., 147 photographs and illustrations; a 30 pgs. essay is included).The author, Guillermo Toro-Lira will be reading from, selling, and signing copies of his book. (It's also available on Amazon.com here or directly from the author here.) I have a copy of the book but haven't read it yet. However, San Franciscans should take time to learn about this drink, as it was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the gold rush era and invented here in SF. I plan to write a large feature on pisco and 'frisco in the new year, and hope this book will be a good resource.
Oh, and if you haven't tried the pisco punch at Cantina you really must. It's an updated version but it's delicious.