Cocktails of Asia shares the recipes, stories and history behind the cocktails, bars and people that define this spirited region — from India to Indonesia, China to Japan, and everywhere in between.
Asia’s cocktail scene is one of the fastest growing and most awarded in the world, and Asia-based cocktails and spirits expert Holly Graham takes readers on an adventure through the region, telling its stories drink by drink.
Learn how to make modern creations from the talented pros; go behind the scenes of Asia’s iconic establishments; and discover the history of classic Asian cocktails such as the Singapore Sling, Jungle Bird and Pegu Club. Read about the hilarious origin story of Hong Kong’s Nothing cocktail, and sample a revived-and-revised version of the city’s historic Rosy Dawn (or the New Dawn, to be exact).
Featuring detailed recipes that explain how to make every drink step by step, plus some spirited stories from Graham’s own experiences in the region, Cocktails of Asia is a go-to reference for experts and aspiring mixologists alike.
About the Author:
Holly Graham is the Managing Editor (International) of DRiNK Magazine, Asia’s leading bar industry platform. She has featured on the Bar World 100: a list of the world’s most influential figures in the bar industry, since 2020, as well as on Tatler’s Asia’s Most Influential: The Tastemakers List 2021.
Graham is also an Academy Chair for The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars and sits on both the education and Spirited Awards committees for Tales of the Cocktail. Graham has judged several renowned cocktail and spirits competitions around the world. She is also the founder of the Asia Women In Booze community for women in the alcohol industry, and successfully organized Speed Rack Asia 2019, an all-female speed bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer charities.
Graham was previously the Food and Drink Editor of Time Out Hong Kong, and cut her teeth bartending at The Old Man Hong Kong, during which time the bar was ranked number one on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Holly since I first appointed her for the role of Academy Chair for The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars. There are few people with greater dedication, loyalty and love for their adopted home, as evidenced in this wonderful debut book. A writer with passion, knowledge and more than a double-shot of good humor, this insightful tome no doubt marks the start of a journey into something truly special.
Mark Sansom, Content Editor, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Restaurants and 50 Best Discovery
Holly has passionately worked for years to put the spotlight on bars and bartenders across Asia. With this book, she has built on that passion to provide a comprehensive collection on the most relevant drinks, bar personalities and cocktail bars that have propelled Asia into the dynamic beverage scene it has become today. A must-have resource for drink enthusiasts and professionals!
Guoyi Gan, Hospitality Director, The Jigger & Pony Family, Singapore
At last, we have a book revealing the top secrets of all the best bars in Asia, and there is no one better to write about it than Holly — one of the most savvy and respected personalities in the Asia bar scene. Holly is a fun and friendly personality who is always around to offer help to anyone in the industry. Her book will inspire the next generation, and is an absolute must-have for bar lovers.
Jay Khan, Co-Founder of COA, Hong Kong
Holly is known as an active participant in the hospitality community in Asia, and uses her platform to share the incredible innovation happening in this part of the world with the global community. Her megaphone is committed to amplifying Asia’s creativity to the world. This book should have a home on your shelf not merely because the cocktail recipes are fantastic, but most importantly, it shares the rich stories of the people, the places and history behind them.
Lynnette Marrero, Mixology Teacher for Masterclass.com and Co-Founder of Speed Rack
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