The Encyclopedia of Cocktails
How did the Old-Fashioned get its name, and why has the drink endured? What drinks were invented by Sam Ross? What was the Pegu Club, and who bartended there? In The Encyclopedia of Cocktails, New York Times cocktails and spirits writer Robert Simonson catalogues all the essential people, places, and drinks that make up our cocktail history in a refreshing take on the conventional reference book. The book is a witty, opinionated take of the bar world and features more than 100 drink recipes, from the Adonis to the Zombie, with vivid illustrations throughout. This guide isn't a strictly academic text, nor is it simply a collection of drink recipes—it is an animated, sometimes irreverent historical journey highlighting the preeminent bars and top bartenders of record.