Behold! Here is my round-up of all the cocktails and spirits books (plus a few others) that were released in 2017. This year, beyond the annual deluge of whisky books, there are books aping the bartender lifestyle (Drink Like a Bartender, Straight Up), more narrative books (I Hear She's a Real Bitch, By the Smoke and the Smell), and recipe books seeking to simplify the process (3 Ingredient Cocktails, The Imbible, Road Soda) rather than reveal the secrets of complex drinks from top bars. All in all, another great year for reading about drinking.
In the digital magazine version of the new Drinks International, you can find my stories on trends in bars/cocktails in New York and San Francisco, including things like catering to Instagram, slushie-formatting everything, bars-within-bars, and absentee bartenders.
A dozen new drinky reads for fall including books on the Bay Area, New York cocktails, 3-ingredient drinks, cocktails on the road, Canadian whisky, Champagne, and drinks of movie spies.
It's a cocktail in a water cooler that you can have either hot or cold depending on which knob you press.
An interview with Tom Walker, last year's Bacardi Legacy winner.
Last week New York bar PDT's Jim Meehan launched an app called PDT Cocktails, containing 400 recipes. At the end of 2011, Jim Meehan published the beautiful PDT Cocktail Book, which contained 304 recipes. So I asked Meehan, "Is this just the book's recipes plus 100 additional recipes?"
Jura brought together 12 Brooklyn artisans to co-collaborate on Kings County's first single malt Scotch whisky. Jura Brooklyn has been aged up to 16 years in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry and Pinot Noir casks.
A couple of years ago now, I said I was looking for "less perfect simplicity, more ridiculous fabulousness" in San Francisco's cocktails, no matter the cost. Thomas Waugh created something close to that for the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar in New York. All the drinks are 20 bucks and some are garnished in metal pineapples or a coconut piled on a stack of ice and leaves. Here's a report.