More About the Author
I write about cocktails, spirits, bars and bartenders, both past and present. I work primarily for the New York Times, but have also been published in Imbibe, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Wine Spectator, Whiskey Advocate, Edible (Manhattan, Brooklyn & East End), New York magazine and Eater.
Prior to my career as a liquor journalist, I wrote extensively about theatre for many years, for the New York Times, Variety, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and others. I was the editor of Playbill.com from 1998 to 2006. Playbill remains the sole outlet where I still write about theatre. I like to say that a career of theatregoing drove me to a second career in drinking.
I wrote four books about the theatre before publishing my first cocktail book, "The Old-Fashioned: The World's First Classic Cocktail," in May 2014 (Ten Speed Press). My next book will be "The Modern Classics," a cultural history of the modern cocktail renaissance.
A native of Wisconsin, I have lived in New York for more than 25 years--most of those years in Brooklyn--with my wife and son. My apartment is filled with bottles, and their number grow every day.