Cocktails have always had a stronghold in America’s Dairyland. This highly illustrated volume uncovers the true stories behind the state’s obsession with brandy, ice cream drinks, and a smorgasbord of garnishes.
Beyond delving into mythic origins of several classic creations, Jeanette Hurt introduces a new generation of cocktails that offer a spin on standard concoctions. She explores the state’s unique farm-to-table ethos influenced by an abundance of locally sourced ingredients. Also included are a wealth of interviews with notable mixologists, sharing numerous favorite recipes for specialty pick-me-ups that connoisseurs and home bartenders alike will be clamoring to try. A definitive account of the beverages we love, Wisconsin Cocktails insists we order our Old Fashioneds the right way—with brandy.
About the Author
Jeanette Hurt, an award-winning food and beverage writer, is the drinking culture columnist for Forbes and the cheese and spirits contributor for Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect. Her books include Drink Like a Woman, The Joy of Cider: All You Ever Wanted to Know about Drinking and Making Hard Cider, and The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide.
“Hurt’s definitive guide effortlessly toggles between history, journalism, and sociology to capture the breezy idiosyncrasies of Wisconsin bars and the peculiar imbibing conventions of their loyal patrons with an earnestness that reads like a Coen Brothers script if you’re nonnative or a Ken Burns documentary if you are. As a proud former resident of the Badger State, who came of age and learned my craft there, I’m thrilled to see the varied state of Wisconsin’s legendary drinking traditions—both new and old—portrayed patriotically in every tint of local color.”—Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual
“Though most of us think of Wisconsin beer, we should be thinking of Wisconsin cocktails! Jeanette Hurt’s book is a lively roundup of tipples, toddies, and tonics that will keep you warm in the winter and refreshed in the summer. Even the spiritfree will delight in Hurt’s gem.”—Cameron M. Ludwick, coauthor of The State of Bourbon: Exploring the Spirit of Kentucky