David Wondrich

Brooklyn, NY
Cocktail Historian

David Wondrich is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. The Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine from 1999 to 2016, Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature) is now the Senior Drinks Columnist for the Daily Beast. He is a five-time Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award winner. He is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and five books, including Imbibe!, which was the first cocktail book to win a James Beard award (2007, revised edition was published in 2015), and Punch, which came out in late 2010 to broad acclaim and did much to spark the current boom in punch-making. At present, he is immersed in the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, a multi-year project. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other mixologists. He also is a frequent guest lecturer at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Museum of Natural History and top bars on five continents and ships at sea. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation – Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Nominee (2014) and Semi-finalist (2013), Wine & Spirits Winner (Imbibe!, 2008)
  • Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl (Perigee, 2010) 
  • Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drink to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar (Perigee, 2007)
  • Killer Cocktails (HarperPB, 2005)
  • Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking – With 250 Drink Recipes (Hearst, 2004)


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