The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried: A book I wrote

I did not pick the title, authors rarely do.

The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried can be purchase here.

Esquire magazine calls it, “Re-Giftable.” 

Good Reads says, “Sturdy binding.”

Imbibe declares, “Mailer Daemon Error!”

Did you know that it is very difficult to write a book about shots and have it taken seriously? To remedy this, I undertook two hours of research for every page in the book just so I could distill all that hard-earned learnin’ into a few jokes. More than a cocktail book, it is a joke book with a metaphorical dash of bitters and a chaser of oh-no-I-learned-something.

The book is split into 6 chapters:

1. Miniature Classics
These are sweetened and shrunk versions of classic cocktails.

2. Bangers & Slammers
An homage to slammers (think tequila) & bangers (think Harvey).

3. Farmer’s Market
I hit the market weekly, it’s simple.

4. Holidays
From The Ide’s of March to Talk Like a Pirate Day, I have the year covered.

5. Dessert & After Dinner
Pousse Cafes & Sweet Stuff.

6. Shots of Last Resort
Stuff you can made with left overs from your fridge.

While the book itself is small and easy to ridicule (come at me, bro) I’d like to point out the multitude of successes it accomplished. I was offered this job as a mercenary based on my frankly scatological blog and the following writing sample:

So I was all “I’m going to write a book with bitter flavors and inside jokes.”           And they were like “OK.”

I am a tiny, backwards Manhattan.

Apparently there is a need for this type of book, at least the good people at Adams Media think so, as well as the folks at Urban Outfitters and Sam’s Club. You should ask for it at your local retailer, which would be great for me, small business and for the general hilarity of the title.

Every page does however have some useful information for the up and coming or home bar tender. Here are a two:



but history and geography are OK

To wrap it up, please buy this book. Take any of these recipes, make a batch and force them on your friends. And while many people gave me ideas for this book, I have to send out a deep apology to Jacob Briars. Unfortunately, the combination of pickle juice and Canadian whisky called the “Nickelback” that he offered, was vetoed, most unjustly, by the editors.

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7 Responses to The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried: A book I wrote

  1. Peregrine John says:

    I’m in. Looks like a fun addition to my little library, and “fun” is rapidly becoming a significant criterion for prospective entries (whereas the basic data is well and truly covered by the old stand-bys). Plus, inventive drinks are always welcomed at my bar! Congratulations on the publication.

    A suggestion: Signed copies

  2. Michelle sent me a note a while back and I pre-ordered it. Nice collection! Got some priceless looks when I proposed shots, but they were very well received.

    My better half has written a couple books, and the single most influential factor in selling them has been her Amazon ranking. Whore yourself for 5 star Amazon reviews – they’ll pay you back tenfold. Got you started with one even.

    Congrats and good luck!

  3. says:

    I’m ready for you to have kids so you can write a book for exhausted-parent-drinks. Drinks that can be made with whatever is left in the sippy cup, in the vegetable drawer, and from stocking stuffer liquor miniatures no one ever seems to wantto drink!

  4. says:

    PS: i would like a signed copy for Christmas :-)
    Your sister

  5. Christine Lucas says:

    I am sure caiperhienia is one of the recipes, right?

  6. Dragos Axinte says:

    Just found this in my inbox. Congrats, dude! Your first book is out!

    I’m gonna get it and you will sign it.

    Well done d.

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  7. Stephen Ogburn says:

    Loving the book! I have been reading your blog for over a year and it’s about time you wrote a book. Keep up the great work. I aspire to your level of knowledge about cocktails, spirits, and bartending.

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