Archive for July, 2008

Making It Up As He Goes Along

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Mark Bittman, writing for the New York Times, asks:

Why not make cocktails from scratch, ignoring the names and acknowledging your preferences?

No doubt he was schooled by one of those forward-thinking history teachers who told him that it wasn’t necessary to learn dates or, heaven forbid, facts. If a London cabbie must memorize his A-Z before he’s allowed the run of the streets, shouldn’t a licensed mixologist be required to learn the proper proportions for a thousand or so of the most popular cocktails? Does this Bittman truly believe that bartending is less important than driving?