I certainly hope that the event taking place at Japp’s tonight will start a trend. Too often book signings take place at boring old bookstores, whereas the preferred location would be a bar, and especially one that serves a vast array of cocktails. Molly Wellmann, the owner of Japp’s (i.e., cocktail central) has just published her first cocktail book, Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night. Rather than devote the evening to discussing cocktails in the abstract, Molly and Japp’s will be making them, a process that inevitably deepens the understanding of this rare science for eager students (until the next morning, that is). Here are some details:
• Molly wants to throw a party for the first 75 people who pre-order the book at Japp’s for $20 ($5 off sticker price). Everyone who RSVPs will get a signed copy of the book and a free class in the Japp’s Annex where Molly will demonstrate how to make some of the cocktails in her book, hang out and of course, drink with you.
• Doors open at 6 p.m. with light food
• Molly will demo cocktails from 7-8 p.m.
• Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s featuring for Ricky Nye will perform in the Annex at 8 p.m.
• To RSVP simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what Japp’s had to say about Handcrafted Cocktails on their Facebook page:
“Enjoy classic cocktails in true pre-Prohibition style–throughout the day! Inside you’ll find recipes for the perfect brunch cocktails, refreshing afternoon cocktails and invigorating happy hour drinks, plus dinner cocktails perfect for pairing with meals, and relaxing nightcaps.
“Each cocktail recipe is carefully crafted to create the perfect balance of the sweet, the sour, the bitter and the spirit, producing a delicious drink every time. The secret is using fresh, house-made mixers. You’ll find complete instructions for making your own simple syrups, bitters, liqueurs and cordials using unique ingredients such as cardamom, cilantro, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, five-spice and more.
“Plus you’ll learn the fascinating histories of classic pre-Prohibition cocktails such as the very vintage Sherry Cobbler and the silky smooth Ramos Gin Fizz and try some new Prohibition-inspired cocktails such as the Kitty Burke and Bees in Kilts. With more than 100 recipes inside you’re sure to discover your new favorite drink.”