An American invention, the cocktail dipped in popularity following Prohibition but by the end of the century was back on its feet. In fact, fin de siècle San Francisco gave birth to a spiritual revival of sorts when the focus on seasonality and locality that had started in the kitchen finally made its way behind the bar.
Bay Area Cocktails is a stirring account of the savvy distillers who pioneered craft spirits, and the role of the Bay Area in helping to re-elevate the Art of drinking in America. Through interview and recipes, author Shanna Farrell, a spirited oral historian at U.C. Berkeley, chronicles the narrative history of the California cocktail renaissance.