From the Hudson Valley to the Niagara River, Upstate New York has a long and grand history of spirits and cocktails. Early colonists distilled rum, and pioneering settlers made whiskey. In the 1800s, a fanciful story of a tavern keeper and a "cock's tail" took root along the Niagara River, and the earliest definition of the "cocktail" appeared in a Hudson Valley paper. The area is home to its share of spirited times and liquid legends, and the recent surge in modern distilleries and cocktail bars only bolsters that tradition. Author Don Cazentre serves up these tales of Upstate New York along with more than fifty historic and modern cocktail recipes.
About the Author
Don Cazentre is a veteran journalist who has been writing about beer and the alcoholic beverage industry since the mid-1990s. He is the craft beer, wine and spirits writer for NYup.com and the coauthor of New York Breweries (2nd ed.). He lives in Syracuse, New York.