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Porchlight Book Club: Robert Simonson

October 03, 2022 06:30 PM until October 03, 2022 09:30 PM

James Beard Award-nominated author and New York Times cocktail and spirits writer Robert Simonson is coming to Porchlight! Attendees will enjoy cocktails from the book, plus live music.

Ticket details:

General admission: $35, includes cocktails featured in the book

General admission + signed copy of the book: $55

The evening will feature guest bartenders Don Lee, Meaghan Dorman, Joaquin Simo, and Ms. Franky Marshall alongside Porchlight’s bar team, Nicholas Bennett and Benjamin Brown. This event will also celebrate and support this year’s Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week, where the entire bar team will serve up some modern riffs on a classic Old Fashioned cocktail, along with cocktails inspired by their recipes in Simonson's book.

About the book:

60+ recipes culled from today's modern classics with entertaining backstories from the cocktail revival of the past thirty years, by a two-time James Beard Award–nominated author and New York Times cocktail and spirits writer.

One of the greatest dividends of the revival in cocktail culture that began in the 1990s has been the relentless innovation. More new cocktails—and good ones—have been invented in the past thirty years than during any period since the first golden age of cocktails, which lasted from roughly the 1870s until the arrival of Prohibition in 1920 and included the birth of the Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, and Tom Collins.

Just as that first bar-world zenith produced a half-century of classic recipes before Prohibition, the eruption of talent over the past three decades has handily delivered its share of drinks that have found favor with arbiters on both sides of the bar. Among them are the Espresso Martini, White Negroni, Death Flip, Old Cuban, Paper Plane, Siesta, and many more, all included here along with each drink's recipe origin story.

What elevates a modern cocktail into the echelon of a modern classic? A host of reasons, all delineated by Simonson in these pages. But, above all, a modern classic cocktail must be popular. People have to order it, not just during its initial heyday, but for years afterward. Tommy’s Margarita, invented in the 1990s, is still beloved, and the Porn Star Martini is the most popular cocktail in the United Kingdom, twenty years after its creation.

This book includes more than sixty easy-to-make drinks that all earned their stripes as modern classics years ago. Sprinkled among them are also a handful of critics' choices, potential classics that have the goods to become popular go-to cocktails in the future.

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