Bay Area Cocktails

   An American invention, the cocktail dipped in popularity a bit following Prohibition but by the end of the century was all the rage again. In the 1990’s it also began to play a significant role in conveying into the world of mixology a new focus on local-sourcing that had taken hold in culinary and cultural landscape of San Francisco.

From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits to the bartenders who cared enough to grow a dedicated cocktail community, Bay Area Cocktail is the story of how the Bay Area helped shape the art of elevated drinking in America.

Through her interviews and recipes, author Shanna Farrell, an oral historian with the Oral History Center at the University of California–Berkeley, chronicles the narrative history of a modern cocktail renaissance.