Cocktails in the Country: The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book Review
Frank Caiafa and I have been cocktail buddies for quite a few years, and his fabulous drinks have been featured time and time again in the 101 Best New Cocktails series.
Frank Caiafa is a man who truly understands what he’s doing with a shaker.
Now, Frank has done the un-doable. He has taken the Old Waldorf=Astoria Bar Book, and brought it completely up to date with this brand new tome that will, I predict, be hailed as a true classic in its own right, standing tall next to books such as Jim Meehan’s PDT Cocktail Book, another volume that will be used as a reference for the next 100 years and more.
Along with detailing all the old favorites that were born at the Waldorf (The Bronx being probably the most well-known), Frank brings us lots of his, and his crew’s new 21st-Century potions, too. But he doesn’t stop there.
Near as damn it every drink has been analyzed thoroughly by Caiafa in this book, and he’s painstakingly gone over ingredients, calling for specific spirits in most cases, and he has also detailed other, related drinks, along the way. David Embury, in his book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, did a fine job of analyzing cocktails back in the mid-20th-Century, but he would have done far better had he understood the craft as intimately as Frank Caiafa.
My favorite line in the book? “We are here to put smiles on people’s faces and help create memories.”
We are, indeed, Frank. We are, indeed.
If you are at all serious about cocktails, just buy the damned book, wudja? You need it. You’ll have to get it one day, so you might as well get it today.