Q & A with JBF Award Nominee David Wondrich

Anna Mowry interviews JBF Award Nominee David Wondrich

 

After Prohibition virtually extinguished America’s rich cocktail culture, mixology entered a bleak age of sour mix, cranberry juice, and abuse of the “-tini” suffix. But thanks, in part, to cocktail historian David Wondrich, many of the recipes from bartending’s Golden Age are alive and well once more. Below, Wondrich, who is a nominee for our Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award, tells us about his latest project, favorite new bars, and first non-liquid food memory. 

 

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JBF: You've been tapped to write The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. How is that going? Is there an ETA?

 

DW: It's a huge job, that's for sure, but I'm already learning a great deal. We're trying to bring all kinds of Asian and African spirits into the discussion, from arrack to akpeteshie, baijiu to bukha. I've really just begun working on it—I've got a list of headwords and we're figuring out who... Read more >

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Tweet Eats: David Wondrich's Colbert Bump Cocktail

The winner of our Twitter Cook-Off will get to taste some of David Wondrich's delicious cocktails at our Jack Daniel’s Birthday Party. But last night the JBF Award winner appeared on the Colbert Report, where he mixed up a signature cocktail for Colbert. Check out the video and get the recipe, courtesy of Serious Eats.

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Tweet Eats: David Wondrich's Colbert Bump Cocktail

The winner of our Twitter Cook-Off will get to taste some of David Wondrich's delicious cocktails at our Jack Daniel’s Birthday Party. But last night the JBF Award winner appeared on the Colbert Report, where he mixed up a signature cocktail for Colbert. Check out the video and get the recipe, courtesy of Serious Eats.

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Q & A: David Wondrich

David Wondrich 2008 JBF Award winner and Imbibe! author David Wondrich will be mixing up cocktails at our exclusive Jack Daniel’s birthday party at the Beard House on September 9 (want a taste of his genius? Enter our Twitter recipe contest!). But where does this master mixologist go when he wants someone else to make him a drink? JBF: Where do you like to go for a great cocktail? DW: A few current favorites: Clover Club, Pegu Club, and PDT in New York, Beretta and Alembic in San Francisco, the Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Green Street in Boston, and the Edison in Los Angeles. But there are many more places, almost all of them new. It’s an exciting time for the discriminating barfly. Click here to read more of our Q & A with David Wondrich

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