Drinks: A User’s Guide

by Adam McDowell

Drinks: A User's Guide book cover

This engaging guide demystifies the art of ordering, preparing, and serving wine, beer and cocktails so you can drink like a boss every time.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Equip and stock a home bar
  • Make a flawless martini
  • Order wine without dying a little inside
  • Choose a delicious sparkling wine instead of springing for Champagne
  • Buy Scotch for the boss, and for yourself

Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party, attending a business lunch, or relaxing with friends at the local brewery pub, you’ll gain the confidence to know exactly what you love to drink and serve. And if you want to know how to mix an Old Fashioned on an airplane, that’s in there too.

Bottoms up!

Subjects: Food and Drink

Publication: September 2016

Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House

Rights sold:

  • World: Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House
  • Russia: Azbooka-Atticus (through Tarcher Perigee)

“A thoroughly useful and enjoyable compendium of drinking lore and knowledge, with an
ample dose of much-needed cynicism, too often lacking in books of this type.”
–Philip Greene, co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail and author of
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion

“There is, as yet, no perfect user’s guide for life. But for the many moments in our lifetimes
when a decent drink is required—whether it’s a crisp pilsner on a summer afternoon, a glass of
champagne on a special day, or a dry martini when the clock strikes five—Adam McDowell’s
Drinks: A User’s Guide has you covered.”
–Paul Clarke, executive editor of Imbibe magazine, and author of The Cocktail Chronicles

“If you don’t know how to drink, this book is for you. If you do know how to drink, this book is also for you, since everyone is sure to be charmed by Adam McDowell’s sage and friendly advice about what to order, in any setting. After years of tweaking his philosophy of drink, McDowell has finally shared his accumulated knowledge in this invaluable resource. Not since Kingsley Amis has reading about drinking been this much fun.” 
–Christine Sismondo, author of America Walks Into a Bar

“Abundant advice and a smattering of recipes served refreshingly directly are but a few of the
highlights of this recommended guide.” –Library Journal