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They say that there’s a first for everything.

For me, a “pinch me” moment, was the publishing of a book with not only my name, but also pages, pages and pages of my illustrations. Glory be. You live long enough, and super cool things are bound to happen to you!

At this writing, the summer after the autumn where I posted this bit about The Architecture of the Cocktail, I’ve felt the same thrumming anticipation, mind-numbing at times, as more books, illustrated by M. Wood, have landed with a thump on my mudroom deck, courtesy of the brown-shorted UPS delivery man. Oh, and also, book shops around the globe.



i may be biased, but it even looks good when used merely as a prop!

but, trust me, the inside is beyond fabulous and has inspired talk amongst my people to gather every friday night for a ‘make a new cocktail’ party. and based on the number of illustrations and cocktail recipes, they’ll be booked for the next two years!

i’ve long been a fan of kitschy, retro, vintage barware, so my advice is to start a little treasure hunt this autumn.  the character of this book is to harken back to those lovely, dress up, sophisticated days when a cocktail was not only a work of art, but a savored mix of flavors worthy of the gloves, gabardine and silk worn by the drinker.

mix it up a bit, and start your own collection: garage sales, flea markets, ebay, estate sales, and the little hidden away antique shops that beckon you: all hold a treasure trove of vintage barware, shakers, shot glasses, stemware and more.

it’s nearly time for the book to land in book shops, so be inspired and set the bar for cocktail time.


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