Widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail, David Wondrich is one of the founders of the modern craft-cocktail movement. He is the senior drinks columnist for The Daily Beast and has written countless articles on the topic. Wondrich has authored five books, including the hugely influential Imbibe!, which was the first cocktail book to win a James Beard Award, and Punch.
His writing, lecturing and mentoring have earned him a near-record six Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards. Currently he is working on the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, a multiyear project. He has also been involved in the creation of a number of spirits found on the backbars of practically every craft cocktail bar on the planet, from Ransom Old Tom Gin to the multiple award-winning Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum. Wondrich is a founding partner in the Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other mixologists.