"Wildly entertaining and fantastically instructive..."
"Most punches have fascinating back stories - at least they do when Wondrich is in charge."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Wondrich's noble effort to restore Punch's good name offers sound advice on the basics of Punch-making along with a variety of vintage recipes."
-The Wall Street Journal
"A lively, fascinating history of punch[...]. Wondrich is a tremendously witty writer."
-The New Yorker
"Wondrich peels punch's image off the sticky fraternity house floor and reinstates it into the more dignified annals of drinking tradition."
-The Boston Globe
"It's fair to say there's nobody in the country who knows more about drinking than David Wondrich."
-New York Magazine
stays true to the antique, but by no means staid, spirit of its old timey, black-and-white-etching-illustrated subject matter, while somehow managing to keep current, relevant, and fresh. [...] A rollickingly fun read."
"[Wondrich's] interest in history runs as deep as his thirst for beverage experiences on the banks of the mainstream[...]."
-The New York Times
"Punch lovers are in luck[...]. These aren't the fruity, simplistic punches of recent times. They're complex, subtle concoctions...."
"The best part of the book isn't the history-it's the 40-plus detailed recipes of how to make your very own authentic Punch."
-The New York Post
About the Author
David Wondrich is one of the world’s foremost authorities on cocktails and their history. A contributing editor at Esquire
and at Wine and Spirits
, he has also written for numerous other publications on the subject, including the New York Times, Saveur, Real Simple,
. Dr. Wondrich holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature, and is a founding member of The Museum of the American Cocktail and a partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, the world’s first advanced education program in spirits and cocktails. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wifeand daughter.