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Wisconsin Cocktails

“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 non-native 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

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.


Jeanette Hurt. Photo credit, Name Jeanette Hurt is an award-winning food and beverage writer, 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.




“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


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Wisconsin Cocktails: Cover art showing a brandy old fashioned, including a cherry and orange rind, sitting atop of table. The background of the image is heavily blurred, matching the warm tones of the cocktail. The title text is proclaimed in bold orange text at a slight angle, with delicate white lines above and below it.

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September 2020
248 pp.   5.5 x 7.5
90 color photos

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Cloth $29.95
ISBN 978-0-299-32880-1
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