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Jim Meehan’s recommendations for what to drink and where to eat, drink and shop in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Authored By Jim Meehan & Illustrated by Chris Gall



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Q & A With Author & Mixologist Jim Meehan
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Q. Tell us about your new book, The PDT Cocktail Book?

A. Over the last six years, while editing Food & Wine Magazine’s annual cocktail book and Mr. Boston’s Bartender’s Guide with Anthony Giglio, I’ve collected old cocktail books and thought about how to integrate what was great about the old books with what is required for the modern ones and developed my own concept along the way.

As I wrote in the introduction: ‘I wanted to bottle the look, feel, and attitude of contemporary cocktail culture classically, with a playful sense of humor.’ To do so, I partnered with illustrator Chris Gall to capture the atmosphere of the bar, the stories behind the drinks and the spirit of the people who created them.

In total, there are 304 cocktail recipes, along with our most popular hot dogs: all annotated with extensive resource materials in the front and back of the book. 

Q. What did you think was missing in the marketplace that needed to be filled?

A. A handful of my favorite bars, including Employee’s Only in New York, Absinthe in San Francisco and the Hemingway Bar in Paris, have published wonderful bar books, but none of them are unabridged, site specific bartenders’ guides. It’s presumptuous to suggest this was a hole in the market that needed to be filled, but my editors at Sterling Epicure gave me free range to indulge. 

Q. Is the book geared more towards industry people or home bartenders?

A. We have attempted to appeal to the broadest possible audience. Chris and I chose Sterling [Publishing] because of their commitment to help us create a book that would be just as compelling as a gift, as well as a valuable resource guide for aficionados. While many of my favorite bar books read like a novel, I decided to write a book that readers could pick up and put down readily, depending on their attention span and level of interest. The primary goal was entertainment... it’s a drinks book after all. 

Q. Can you share a few take-away tips from your book with us?

A. There’s up-to-date research for historians, recipes for bartenders, product recommendations for shoppers, a souvenir for guests of the bar and more.


Jim Meehan’s Recommendations

Drink | Cocktail Bars

Cocktails at Saxon + Parole and The Beagle

Photographs courtesy of Saxon  + Parole | The Beagle

New York

The number of great cocktail bars is growing exponentially. In Manhattan alone, Saxon & Parole, The Beagle, Silver Lining, and The Tippler have all opened with killer programs this year.

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I’m dying to get to Chicago to try the drinks at Aviary.

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Drink | Spirits

I’m eagerly anticipating Rob Cooper’s new Rock & Rye Hochstadter’s Slow and Low, Eric Seed’s new Kronan Swedish Punsch, Banks Rum’s Golden Age and the entire line up of spirits distilled by Allen Katz in Brooklyn.

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More Jim Meehan recommendations for what to drink and where to eat, drink and shop in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Cocktail Recipes

- Carte Blanche

- Mezcal Mule

- Manuka Sage Southside

- The Wrong Aisle

- Twenty-One Butt Salute

City Guides

- Download the F.E.D. Manhattan City Guide

- Download the F.E.D. Brooklyn City Guide

- Download the F.E.D. New Orleans City Guide



East Village

Cocktails / Hot Dogs

113 Saint Marks Place

New York, NY 10009 (view map)

T: 212.614.0386



Photo Credit: David Engelhardt for Find. Eat. Drink.

Illustration Credit: Chris Gall