World’s Best Cocktails: 500 Signature Drinks from the World’s Best Bars and Bartenders. By Tom Sandham, cocktail columnist for The Times and co-creator of Dwink.com. Huge, glossy hardback book published by Fair Winds Press, Beverly, Massachusetts. 304 pages. Both book and dust jacket in as-if-new condition. Absolutely mint.
Chapters on aperitifs, digestifs, punches, modern mixing, seasonality (with more than 20 individual bartenders’ profiles and more than 20 actual bars’ profiles,) and histories of all the major liquors. Fascinating little histories of every single cocktail–who first made it and at what bar–or bits of cultural history about that cocktail, like “the Dude’s” preference for White Russians, or “Caucasians.”
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