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Signature Cocktails

Amanda Schuster

Food & Wine's Best Cookbooks of Fall 2023

A collection of 200 iconic drinks from around the globe, each of which has changed the culture of the cocktail

A signature cocktail is a bespoke drink that expresses the nature of the time, person, or place for which it was created. In this book, the author curates a collection of the most celebrated cocktails - from well-known classics such as the Bellini, to the up-to-the-minute Twin Cities from New York's ultra-hip Dead Rabbit bar. Signature cocktails have become an increasingly popular way to define the style and character of a celebrated establishment and the talented mixologists behind them. Each unique drink in this collection is accompanied by the name of the creator, place and date of invention, alongside a specially commissioned image, easy-to-follow recipe, and a fascinating insight into its unique story. Covering almost 600 years of cocktail history, this elegant and uniquely focussed collection will appeal to a wide range of readers - from lovers of cocktails to everyone who enjoys entertaining, food, and culture, to mixologists, bartenders, and industry professionals.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited
  • Publish Date: Oct 4th, 2023
  • Pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.30in - 6.70in - 1.50in - 2.40lb
  • EAN: 9781838667559
  • Categories: Beverages - Alcoholic - Bartending & CocktailsHistory

About the Author

Amanda Schuster is a Brooklyn-based freelance drinks writer and the author of two books: New York Cocktails and Drink Like a Local: New York. She has over 17 years' experience in the industry as a consultant, retail buyer, and writer, and was the primary contributor and Senior Editor-in-Chief of popular online magazine Alcohol Professor.

Expert Consultants:

Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller are the directors of Mixellany Limited, a consultancy and publishing company that specializes in spirits and mixed drinks. They have contributed to numerous publications and are the authors of several books on cocktail culture.

Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer, and the creator of the Alcademics website. He is a lecturer and consultant and the author of several books.

Emma Janzen is a drinks journalist, photographer, and author.

Vivian Pei is a food writer and consultant, and co-founded the Singapore Cocktail Bar Association.

Robert Simonson is a drinks writer for the New York Times, author of several books, and the creator and author of the Substack newsletter The Mix With Robert Simonson.

Praise for this book

'Heavy on the research, rich in detail and history, and packed with the kind of handy facts you can break out at the next dull party you attend.' - Forbes

'Surprisingly succinct ... Makes whipping up these at home drinks just a little bit easier.' - Food & Wine

'The level of research here is astonishing, but it's all presented in a super accessible and enjoyable way ... Signature Cocktails is a must for anybody interested in cocktail history.' - VICE

'An elegant and comprehensive collection ... Enriched with engaging anecdotes and backstories, ... these bright, attractive cocktails are sure to wow any aspiring mixologist.' - Publishers Weekly

'Bound to be a classic ... A valuable, accessible resource.' - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'A beautiful (and easy-to-follow) drinks guide that'll happily sit on your table.' - InsideHook

'Explores 200 iconic cocktails--complete with recipes and gorgeous photos--and what makes each of them a signature drink.' - Imbibe

'This will be your ultimate guide to making the 'perfect' cocktail--not only the classics, but maybe even a signature drink of your own.' - WERD

'This is an outstanding, elegant, and inspirational guide for even the most seasoned of mixologists.' - Shelf Awareness

'A compelling read ... A must for anyone who would wish to sound savvy when discussing cocktails.' - Vancouver Sun

'Arguably the most interesting cocktail-driven book to hit coffee tables and bartops in 2023.' - IMBOLDN

'A global survey of the world's most iconic drinks, and also provides the directions with which to bring them home to your own bar.' - Alcohol Professor

'[An] ... exhaustive reference point for both the way cocktails have changed across hundreds of years, but also the ingredients that have remained true throughout the mixology process.' - Foodism

'An excellent introduction to newbies on how the cocktail developed over the years and was influenced by the locales where they were created.' - Good Spirit News

'This book deserves to be well-worn, occasionally stained, and heavily dog-eared by working mixologists.' - Barleycorn Drinks