Robert Simonson

A Proper Drink

A Proper Drink is the first-ever book to tell the full, unflinching story of the contemporary craft cocktail revival. Award-winning writer Robert Simonson interviewed more than 200 key players from around the world, and the result is a rollicking (if slightly tipsy) story of the characters--bars, bartenders, patrons, and visionaries--who in the last 25 years have changed the course of modern drink-making. The book also features a curated list of about 40 cocktails--25 modern classics, plus an additional 15 to 20 rediscovered classics and classic contenders--to emerge from the movement.

About Robert Simonson

ROBERT SIMONSON, journalist and author, is one of the world's leading authorities on spirits, bars and cocktail culture. Called “our man in the liquor-soaked trenches” by the New York Times, he has written extensively about cocktails, spirits, bars, and bartenders for the Times, as well as GQ, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Imbibe, Saveur, Punch, Eater and Grub Street. He is the author of "The Old-Fashioned: The World's First Classic Cocktail," published by Ten Speed Press in 2014, and a contributor to "The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails," published in 2015. His writings have garnered six Spirited Awards nominations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his son, Asher.