Hoist yourself off your stool and step behind the bar in Robert Simonson’s history of the craft cocktail movement, A Proper Drink. Follow the evolution of our obsession with a well-made cocktail—beginning with the re-opening of the New York City's iconic Rainbow Room in the late 1980s. Simonson interviewed more than 200 bartenders, industry players, and just plain good drinkers to weave his true tale. You'll meet affable bartenders who roll their eyes at the term "mixologist", and mixologists who take that title very seriously, mad cocktail geniuses, plucky upstarts, lovingly misanthropic bar owners, and the personalities in between—all of whom have a hand in why you were able to order that Manhattan last night. Listen in on their bar stool chats: what they really think about Big Liquor, the state of the service industry, and what's still to come in the cocktail world.
Simonson's story comes with refreshments, too: he offers 40 recipes born out of or resurrected by the craft cocktail movement. Raise a toast to the motley crew of the cocktail world, and thank them for that damn delicious drink you have in your hand.