Imbibe: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash

David Wondrich recently reissued his seminal work on cocktail history, Imbibe: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, first published in November 2007 and winner of a James Beard Award. With new cocktail stories and recipes, updated information on the legendary Jerry Thomas, and a revamp of the chapter on cocktails, Wondrich keeps up with the changing whims of barmen and an interest in rediscovered spirits. Even if you dog-eared his original, this new edition is just as deserving of a spot on your bookshelf or back bar.

by David Wondrich (Perigee/Penguin Random House, 2015, $27)

Reviewed in W&S August 2015.