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Cocktail Geeks Blogging Their Way Through Books

It takes a lot of ambition to make every drink in a cocktail book- not to mention a lot of booze- but more people are signing on for the task.

Jerry Thomas Book Cover

Erik Ellestad of the Underhill Lounge blog has made all 900+ cocktails in The Savoy Cocktail Book. The guy deserves a medal. But now he's gone on to attempt the rest of the drinks, and the poor bastard is currently on the non-alcoholic section. Then again, after 900 drinks or so it's good to have a glass of water.

Adam Elmegirab is working on The Jerry Thomas Project, in which he's making all the drinks in The 1862 book THE BARTENDER'S GUIDE - How To Mix Drinks: or The Bon Vivant's Companion. (I suppose David Wondrich did the same thing in his book Imbibe!, rather than in blog format.)

New Orleans-and-Tiki-obsessed Swede Tiare of A Mountain of Crushed Ice is working her way through Beachbum Berry's Grog Log.


Jeff Williams of San Francisco is blogging his way through Charles H. Baker's Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World . Poor, poor soul. You know most of those drinks are kinda bad, right?

Is anyone else blogging a drink-through? Let me know.


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Jeff Johnson

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh...


@Jeff, considering he's only gotten through 3 drinks in a year and a half, I think you could consider the blog-through rather dead.

Jeff Williams

Thanks so much for the link! The Charles H. Baker weblog has been on hiatus for a bit, but I'll be back very soon. And yes, many of the drinks are really bad, but at least they're ENTERTAININGLY bad.

Blair Frodelius

If I had been smart, I would have blogged about working my way through every drink in several cocktail tomes over the years. Stupid me....


Thanks for the link! bloging through a cocktail book is not only a fun way to try out lots of drinks, its very educational too. I`m also going through "Famous New Orleans Cocktails and How to Mix em" - but there i don`t mix every single drink and not in order either. There`s also another benefit with this, you never lack stuff for your blog if you ever would get stuck on ideas for a new blog post.

James Jacks

Add me to the list! I've been clueless about cocktails, but after years of G&Ts I decided to blog my way through the "New International Bartender's Guide". Six months in, and I'm well into the 'b's -

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