The United States of Cocktails

Recipes, Tales, and Traditions from All 50 States (and the District of Columbia)


An exploration of the beloved cocktails, spirits, and bars that define each state in America


ISBN: 9781419742873 Category:

Brian Bartels


The United States of Cocktails is a celebration of the cocktail history of every state in America. After traveling around this great nation and sampling many of the drinks on offer, cocktail authority Brian Bartels serves up a book that is equal parts recipe collection, travelogue, historical miscellany, bartender’s manual, and guide to bar culture today-with bar and drink recommendations that are sure to come in handy whether or not you are crossing state lines. Delving into the colorful stories behind the creation of drinks we love, this book includes more than 100 recipes alongside spirited analysis of each state’s unique contributions to cocktail culture. Filled with colorful illustrations, The United States of Cocktails is an opinionated and distinctively designed love letter to the spirits, bars, and people who have created and consumed the iconic drinks that inspire us and satisfy our thirst.

Additional information

Weight 867 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 16 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 8 September 2020
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Jim Meehan
Dimensions 23.6 x 16 cm
Weight 867 g


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Brian Bartels has been a writer and bartender his entire adult life. He is a managing partner and bar director for Happy Cooking Hospitality, and his previous book, The Bloody Mary, was nominated for an IACP Award. Visit him at