October 9, 2007



When I was in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail event, I met some swell swillers, James Waller and Ramona Ponce, over an artery-clogging breakfast and then attended their seminar on wine-based cocktails. They had great schtick. Super cheeky and campy. So I was excited to check out Waller’s Drinkology series, which includes ~DRINKOLOGY: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE COCKTAIL~(with contributor Andrew Miller); ~DRINKOLOGY: EATS: A GUIDE TO BAR FOOD AND COCKTAIL PARTY FARE~ (with Roberta Ponce); and ~DRINKOLOGY WINE: A GUIDE TO THE GRAPE~.

These books make me laugh. Out loud, even. They are informative, covering everything from proper spitting technique at wine tastings to making the perfect Bellini to party ideas, like the four-martini tea, but are never too serious. And the compact books are cute—friendly little books I like seeing on my shelf, and offer easy reference. All three qualify as perfect host gifts, bathroom reading, and upcoming holiday presents for your gourmand pals.

Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail
by James Waller and Andrew Miller

Drinkology EATS: A Guide to Bar Food and Cocktail Party Fare
by James Waller and Ramona Ponce

Drinkology WINE: A Guide to the Grape
by James Waller