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Apothecary Cocktails

Hangover Cures, Hot Weather Refreshers and Other Apothecary Cocktails

Thursday June 19, 2014
7:00 PM
‘Apothecary Cocktails’ in its name alone conjurors up an era of patent medicine, purported quick-healing remedies and restorative beverages of the nineteenth century and earlier. Author and ‘cocktail whisperer’ Warren Bobrow will talk about some of these restoratives and digestives,discuss the recipes in his book Apothecary Cocktails and will also mix up something for the evening’s attendees!

Before various breakthroughs in modern medicine and even the ready availability of a doctor in portions of the country, many people turned to home remedies for colds or even traveling apothecary salesmen who advertised tonics and bitters that would cure common colds or restore a ‘zest for life.’ Warren Bobrow was exposed to the patent pharmaceutical business through his grandfather and the interest never left! Warren wrote Apothecary Cocktails, Restoratives from Yesterday and Today (Fair Winds Press, 2013) that outlines recipes for many beverages from the “Habsburg Stomach Healer,” and the “Corpse Reviver,” to “Coconut Cooler” (just in time for summer!) and the “Roast Beet Borscht with Sour Cream Vodka” (yes, you read that correctly).


Photo of Warren BobrowWarren Bobrow has published over three hundred articles on food, wine, and cocktail mixology in just over three years. In addition to his popular blog, The Cocktail Whisperer, Warren is the “On Whiskey” columnist for Okra Magazine at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. He has written for the Williams-Sonoma blog,, Voda Magazine, Saveur, Serious Eats, The Beverage Journal and Edible New Jersey. Warren is on the Drink Careers 101 Advisory Board and was a 2010 Ministry of Rum judge and an Iron Mixology judge at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival.

Warren has taught classes in social media and food writing at the New School in New York and is on the roster of professors at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Warren was the only journalist from the United States asked to participate in Fete de la Gastronomy 2012 in Paris for Atout France and the French National Tourist Board.

Quayside Publishing Group published Warren’s first book, Apothecary Cocktails, Restoratives from Yesterday and Today, with forward from Paul Tuennerman, in November 2013.

Visit the Cocktail Whisperer here.

Testimonials about Apothecary Cocktails:

Apothecary Cocktails is crafted like one of Warren’s libations, creative, beautiful, well balanced, and delicious! A staple for any home bar.”

—Gable Erenzo, distiller, brand ambassador, Tuthilltown Spirits (Gardiner, NY)

“There’s no doubt about the restorative power of a good cocktail after a bad day. Warren Bobrow builds on this motif, serving up a collection of creative drink recipes alongside historical anecdotes and lush, thirst-inducing photographs.”

—Kara Newman, author, Cocktails for a Crowd

“Warren gets to the heart of the fact that drinking was once as much about being restorative and curative as it was for pleasure. The happy coincidence of the two is wonderfully illustrated here.”

—Rocky Yeh, cocktail visionary, bartender, Vessel (Seattle, WA)

“In Apothecary Cocktails, Warren gives us all permission to live and drink well. Stock full of recipes dripping in delicious bitters and healthful herbs, take the plunge with this book and learn how Warren’s enticing cocktails will keep you healthier and happier.”

—Suzanne Long, mixologist,

“Warren Bobrow delivers to the reader what many cocktail books promise but fail to deliver—a clear, uncomplicated path to satisfying drinks based on a bit of the history behind the libation.”

—Edward Hamilton, creator of the Ministry of Rum blog and author of Rums of the Eastern Caribbean and The Complete Guide to Rum

Refreshments will be served.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.


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