When you clink glasses during the holidays, you can add some fun trivia to the conversation thanks to Duggan McDonnell’s new book Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails. Did you know that Sir Francis Drake created the first cocktail in America with Pisco in the late 1500s? Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) actually drank with a local hero named Tom Sawyer who saved hundreds of lives during the big fire and who later opened up a bar. Your family and friends will be impressed with all that you know about the influence San Francisco has had on creating cocktails across the world.
Duggan McDonnell recommends using top quality produce in making cocktails. “It’s like having a farmers’ market inside your glass,” he says. In his book, Duggan meticulously curates the recipes and stories of each featured cocktail. It’s a great gift for the cocktail connoisseur in your life.
Savor the day!.