12 Bottle Bar was created with the simple goal of making classic cocktails accessible to the home bartender. Despite having a voluminous liquor cabinet, home mixologist David Solmonson was continually frustrated by drink recipes that called for more and more esoteric ingredients. His solution? Create a fixed list of main ingredients – the twelve bottles – and present hundreds of classic and original cocktails that could be made from them.
Since its beginning in the Fall of 2009, 12BottleBar.com has expanded to include overviews of classic watering holes, reviews of cocktail books and products, and interviews with some of the cocktail world’s luminaries.
Unlike other cocktail publications, which cater to the professional or seasoned amateur, 12 Bottle Bar is targeted specifically at the novice home bartender. The primary goals are to engage and excite the reader and generally raise the quality of drinking in the average American home.
Here’s how it all started.
Proprietor, chief writer, and bartender. David is BarSmarts Certified.
Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
Wench, book reviewer, and one with whom people go “12 Rounds”. Lesley is BarSmarts Certified and currently working on her second level for the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Raconteur, product reviewer, and bard on anything New Orleans
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