Friday, April 07, 2006

So, you think you know your cocktail history? I can almost guarantee you haven't heard this one before. Well, unless you're one of the many who've heard me go on and on about cocktails and the first amendment after six Don Eduardos.

The second annual volume of Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail will be published on 13 May 2006 and features works by noted cocktail authorities Christine Sismondo, Robert Hess, Gary Regan, LeNell Smothers, Gwydion Stone, Audrey Saunders, Dale DeGroff, Ryan Magarian, Darcy O'Neil, Jared Brown, and Anistatia Miller.
The never-before-published articles presented in Volume Two focus on the origins of the word "cocktail" and profession of bartending. Christine Sismondo puts forth the politically-charged early historical record of the word "cocktail." LeNell Smothers explores the origins and evolution of the Colonial American classic, the Mint Julep. Gwydion Stone relates the story of the "Green Fairy"--absinthe. Gary Regan uncovers the true birth of the Cosmopolitan.
Robert Hess relates the need for passion in the execution of the mixologist's art, while Dale DeGroff explains how to set up a successful bartending operation. Ryan Magarian shows how he developed a bar program for a cruiseship line. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown sit down with Henry Besant and Dre Masso of the Worldwide Cocktail Club to discuss the future of cocktails from a British perspective.
Audrey Saunders details the cold, hard facts about the second most important ingredient to go into a cocktail--ice. Our resident chemist Darcy O'Neil delves into a definitive and scientific discourse on sweet & sour mix.
To close this volume, Robert Hess returns with the history of Bacardi Rums.
Published by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, net proceeds from the sales of Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail will benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail.

What are you standing there for? Go out and buy it... er, I mean, stay in and order it online already!

Cheers.