My name is Jeff Nichols. I am a resident of San Diego, frequent flyer to the Bay Area, and I have a very active interest in cocktails and spirits. This interest goes back for a number of years, but really spiked when I started making Manhattans frequently for myself and friends. Through this I learned a little bit about bourbon, discovered rye, and started playing with variations on the standard recipe, such as substituting Grand Marnier for the sweet vermouth. From there I moved to other, relatively well known, classic cocktails such as the Sidecar.
As it happened, I got married at the end of 2010, and one of my few tasks in helping to plan the wedding was to put together the cocktail menu. I wanted to do something a little fancier, and so I bought a few vintage cocktail books from Amazon. One of these was Ted Haigh’s excellent book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, and from there I began to learn about the classic cocktail craft. I’ve spent a lot of time since then learning about interesting ingredients, the proper ways to make cocktails, etc. I’ve also spent a lot of time in various cocktail bars talking to bartenders, watching their technique, and learning as much as I can without becoming bartender myself.
This interest continued to evolve and grow, leading my wife and I to write a book to help educate our friends about cocktails and cocktail making technique. Our book, What We Drink: a collection of cocktail recipes, is now available on Amazon and through the self-publishing company that we set up, Snooty Bird. The book was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
On this blog, we hope to keep documenting our cocktail experiences in a way that is fun and useful. If you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an e-mail.