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About Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan entered the hospitality business in 1995 while studying at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked his way through school as a bartender, then moved to New York City in 2002 to develop his craft in restaurants and bars such as Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club.
In 2007 Meehan opened PDT, a hidden cocktail lounge attached to a legendary hot dog stand in the East Village. In 2009, he and the bar were recognized with Spirited Awards for American Bartender of the Year and World’s Best Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail. He currently serves as the global brand ambassador for Banks Rums and the national mixologist for American Express Centurion airport lounges.
In addition to his work behind the bar, Meehan edited eight editions of Food & Wine Magazine’s annual cocktail book and four Mr. Boston recipe guides. His writing has been published in magazines such as Imbibe, Man of the World, Sommelier Journal, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Lucky Peach.
In 2014, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he overseas consulting projects through his firm Mixography Inc. and dedicates more time to family.
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“A knowledge-filled tome for true cocktail nerds or those aspiring to be” (Esquire), from one of the world’s most acclaimed bartenders
WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD AWARD • WINNER OF THE TALES OF THE COCKTAIL SPIRITED AWARD® FOR BEST NEW COCKTAIL OR BARTENDING BOOK • IACP AWARD FINALIST
Meehan’s Bartender Manual is acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan’s magnum opus—and the first book of the modern era to explain the bar industry from the inside out. With chapters that mix cocktail history with professional insights from experts all over the world, this deep dive covers it all: bar design, menu development, spirits production, drink mixing technique, the craft of service and art of hospitality, and more.
The book also includes recipes for 100 cocktails culled from the classic canon and Meehan’s own storied career. Each recipe reveals why Meehan makes these drinks the way he does, offering unprecedented access to a top bartender’s creative process.
Whether you’re a professional looking to take your career to the next level or an enthusiastic amateur interested in understanding the how and why of mixology, Meehan’s Bartender Manual is the definitive guide.