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September 2018

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48  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2018 Spirits Editor Mara Marski is The Tasting Panel's resident bartender. PHOTO: DUSTIN DOWNING One of the world's most formidable cocktail historians, David Wondrich also authored the award–winning book Imbibe! and its follow-up, Punch. An awarded bartender and author, Jeffrey Morganthaler manages the bars at Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko in Portland, Oregon. Gary Regan, in addition to being one of the industry's leading educators and authors (his column, The Cocktailian, ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years), serves as Bartender Emeritus at New York's Dead Rabbit. Tiki expert Jeff "Beachbum" Berry has authored six books on the category, including Sippin' Safari and Potions of the Caribbean. Required Reading SOME OF THE INDUSTRY'S MOST REVERED AUTHORS SHARE THEIR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS It's back-to-school season, and while most of us are no longer trekking to the classroom, that doesn't mean learning is entirely off the table. To celebrate our craft's unwavering focus on lifelong education, I picked the brains of some of the bar world's most respected authors to compile a list of their favorite page-turning reads. PHOTO: DORON GILD PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFREY MORGANTHALER PHOTO: JIMI FERRARA PHOTO: OLIVIER KONIG "Constantino Ribalaigua's Bar Florida Cocktails is the bar book of the famous Floridita in Havana from the 1930s. The best mixologist of the 20th century, Ribalaigua provides recipes that are consistently delicious." Wondrich's Picks "I like Jeff Berry's Sippin' Safari because he not only unearths the history of tiki drinks, he shows you how he did it." Berry's Beach Reads "[Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft] not only teaches you how to be a better bartender, it teaches how you to be a better person." "Nobody does it better than Jeff Morgenthaler, and in The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique, he patiently guides you through the nitty gritty of how to do things right. No bartender should be without a copy of this gem." "There is no recipe book more monumental than [David Wondrich's] Imbibe! Wondrich decoded Thomas's inscrutable 1862 specs and found modern equivalents for archaic ingredients, then he field-tested every recipe and printed the best of them with fascinating historical notes." Gary's Greatest Hits "Julie Reiner is one of the world's top bartenders, and in The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion, she takes everything down to basics, making it easy for newcomers to the craft. The book is also valuable to seasoned bartenders." "I always turn to either the PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall or Meehan's Bartender Manual. Jim's got one of the best grasps on classic cocktail proportions and ingredients out there." Morganthaler's Must-Haves "I'd recommend A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. It's an interesting take on world history through the lens of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages."

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