Renown New York Times cocktail writer, Robert Simonson, recently paid Tulsa, Oklahoma a visit to be a guest judge for Philbrook’s MIX fundraising event. He also found time to conduct a session (hosted by Valkyrie) on his new book, The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore. If you’re a cocktail enthusiast you may have come across his work in Wine Enthusiast, GQ, Imbibe, or Wine Advocate. His book is nothing less than thorough, yet it’s an enjoyable read that you will breeze through.
Simonson begins with a story sharing the significance of the old fashioned to him personally, then transitions to an extensive history spanning from the birth of the whiskey cocktail to the modern cocktail renaissance. Once the old fashioned is properly re-established as the unadulterated classic cocktail it is intended to be, the book dives into a collection of respectable modern twists on the old fashioned. In addition to great writing, the pages are filled with beautiful photography by Daniel Krieger, making a great addition to the coffee table or home bar bookshelf.
During the session, attendees enjoyed a casual Q & A with Robert while sipping old fashioneds. A few of the recipes in the book made their way to tables as well. The absinthe old fashioned was particularly delicious. To enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Old Fashioned with all the history and recipes, simply fill out the entry form found below. Robert Siminson actively shares his cocktail-fueled travel adventures on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to follow him and let him know that The Humble Garnish sent you his way. Cheers!
This giveaway runs from October 11 – November 11, 2015. Full rules can be found here. If you’ve missed the deadline for entry or would simply like to purchase a copy, you can find The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore here.