David Wondrich

  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2014


    Drink to history’s great bartenders

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge Owner Julie Reiner: "There's No Faking It"

    In this interview, Flatiron Lounge (37 West 19th Street, 212-727-7741) and Clover Club (210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7939) owner Julie Reiner reveals her go-to cocktail, predicts what we'll be drinking next, and weighs in on the bartender/mixologist debate.

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    February 18, 2014

    Golden Cadillac Launches Seventies Sundays

    Sunday night marked the sophomore installment of Golden Cadillac's (13 First Avenue, 212-995-5151) Seventies Sundays, a series that honors the decade of funk, bell-bottoms, and Harvey Wallbangers through guest expert-led monthly discussions and samplings of the era's best booze-oriented outcomes. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Where to Punch It Up for National Punch Day

    Charles Dickens had a taste for punch. Documented in letters he wrote, Dickens shared his appreciation for the labor intensive cocktail as well as the recipe, which combined lemon, lump sugar, "good old rum," brandy, water, and fire (yes, fire). Historians have since discerned that Dickens was indee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    NYC Restaurants and Chefs Nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards

    Some of New York's top restaurants and chefs were honored this morning with James Beard Foundation Award nominations, including April Bloomfield, Danny Bowien, and Michael White for Best Chef. Blue Hill was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant, and David Chang earned an Outstanding Chef nod. All win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Whiskyfest and NYC Official Halloween Bar Crawl

    Monday, October 22 Sherryfest. Today starts Sherryfest, a week-long celebration of everything sherry. Union Square's newest wine bar, Corkbuzz, offers the perfect excuse to day drink at a tasting and Q&A on Tuesday afternoon. For the more experienced, try a Spanish sherry and food pairing at the Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Brooklyn Wine Exchange Gets a Liquor License, Uses It to Jump on Cocktail Class Bandwagon

    Or shall we say, the Brooklyn Cocktail Exchange?​Seems like everyone wants to be a bartender these days. Just weeks after Carteles and Mercadito Cantina announced they were abandoning regular business in favor of offering cocktail classes, the Brooklyn Wine Exchange in Cobble Hill has announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Ladies of LUPEC Pop Up at Fatty Johnson's This Week

    Not your grandmother's cocktail hour.​Fatty Johnson's, the pop-up restaurant and bar Zak Pelaccio and the Fatty crew have set up as they prepare for the next incarnation of the space that once housed Cabrito, is distinguishing itself by lining up a rotating cast of all-star bartenders. The fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Ask the Critics: What's a Good Winter Cocktail?

    hiphostess.blogspot.comBetter than a gin and tonic any day.​Brighid L. asks: Now that it's cold, my go-to gin and tonic just doesn't hit the spot. Any suggestions for a winter drink? Dear Brighid: Drinking a gin and tonic shares many similarities with wearing white after Labor Day. Unless y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    UC Davis Turning Wine Into Science; Starbucks to Serve Booze

    ​The University of California, Davis is researching how to control fermentation to the point of creating identical barrels of wine each vintage. [Wall Street Journal] A glimpse into the world of David Wondrich reveals how the cocktail historian came to write his book about punch, called Punch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    The Museum of Natural History Becomes...the Museum of Contempo Mixology?

    Not owned by Sasha Petraske yet. Photo via Museum of Natural History​Not long ago, the American Museum of Natural History was a place to learn about the lives of dinosaurs and Neanderthals, with a possible tidbit gleaned here and there about what these creatures ate. Yet the museum has increas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Cinco de Mayo & Cinco de Vino

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Austria Uncorked Tribeca Rooftop May 5, 6-9 p.m. The hills (read: a New York City rooftop) will be alive with the taste of Austria's best wines, paired with dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    David Wondrich Previews his New Book on the History of Punch

    In his new book, Wondrich tackles punch.​Last week, several dozen bartenders gathered on the low-riding banquettes and plush lounge chairs of the Pegu Club to hear cocktail historian and author of Imbibe!, David Wondrich, talk about punch. The presentation was essentially a preview of Wondrich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Booze News: How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian; Drink Trends Past & Future

    ​ David Wondrich has some advice on how to drink vodka -- no, not in a cocktail, you rube. In a glass, with food, like the Russians. He names Karlsson's Gold, Square One Organic Vodka, and Russian Standard as his favorites. [Esquire] Meanwhile, the Russian government has set a minimum price f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Behold, Christmas in a Cup: The Tom and Jerry Cocktail

    ​Punch may have been the summer's darling, but the holiday season is the perfect time of year to whip up a Tom and Jerry cocktail. This labor-intensive eggnog-style drink probably dates the early to mid-19th century, writes spirits historian and author David Wondrich in the current issue of Sa ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    One Ring Zero Makes Ingredients Sing. Literally.

    ​Like any good chef, One Ring Zero partners well-honed technique with unconventional inspiration. The brainchild of Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, the band entered the cultural consciousness in 2004 with As Smart As We Are, an album featuring lyrics written by the likes of Margaret Atwood, Ri ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Let Bols Genever Introduce You to a John Collins

    ​The Tom Collins might be what you grandmother likes to drink, but that's no excuse to knock it. Especially when the gin-and-hard lemonade cocktail might originally have been made with the Dutch version of gin: genever. Only you're not supposed to call it that. Bols Genever, which launched la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    New York Gets Its Own Cocktail Convention

    Those of you who enjoyed Chantal's excellent coverage of NOLA's Tales of the Cocktail (read her posts here, here and here) will be happy to know that New York will host its own cocktail extravaganza next year. The Manhattan Cocktail Classic will be held next May, with a preview this October 3-4 at A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Booze News--Ludacris Launches Cognac; Gastropubs Lag in Gastronomy

    The farm-to-glass movement parallels the farm-to-table movement, only the chefs are of the bar variety. Such bar chefs prefer to shop for fresh produce at farmers markets and organic-food stores, and shun pre-mixed syrups and bottled juices. [USA Today] Upscale gastropubs are getting the pub part r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    What to Drink When You're Irish

    If you're planning to join the throngs of green-clad revelers later on today - provided you haven't already - we don't need to tell you what top Irish pubs will be packed. But if you prefer hosting your own St. Patrick's Day shindig, may we suggest an appropriate libation or two? Cocktail wunderki ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    December 4, 2007

    The Last Sipper

    Drinks historian David Wondrich dreams of his last meal

  • NYC Life

    April 19, 2005

    Green Apple Martinis Are So Two Years Ago . . .

    And other riveting revelations from our spring cocktail report

  • News

    July 6, 2004

    Hangover Helpers

    New pills promise to rid you of morning-after misery

  • Music

    January 27, 2004

    Parts of the Elephunk

    Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .

  • Music

    December 9, 2003

    Party Like It's 1899

    Drive, determination, and derogatory language from the old Topworld and Underworld

  • NYC Life

    July 8, 2003