Like their award-winning cocktail bar in lower Manhattan—The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog was named World's Best Bar at last summer's Tales of the Cocktail—Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry's long-awaited first book is devoted to historically inspired cocktails. Drinks like the Pistache Fizz, Red Cup No. 2 and Mulled Egg-Wine are not classics but rather long-forgotten drinks that have been updated and enhanced. In addition to their thoroughly researched sours, cobblers, juleps, smashes and slings, Muldoon and McGarry tell their origin story, dating back to their days in Belfast. For anyone interested in cocktail culture, it's a fascinating read.

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