Three states, one province, fifty bartenders, one-hundred original cocktail recipes.
We smoked air, we smoked ice, we made froth, we made foam, we made whey.
Left Coast Libations (LCL) is a new book featuring original profiles of fifty of the Left Coast’s most brilliant bartenders, from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Like any good cocktail book, LCL presents the reader with original cocktail recipes, described with enough clarity and detail to be re-created at home. But in addition to this, LCL aims to promote the efforts and talents of the bartenders who give their lives to the service of these drinks. LCL illuminates the notion that the creation of cocktails is a never ending creative process, and that any recipe book is merely the tip of the iceberg. It encourages the reader to seek out these bartenders who have taken the craft to another level, appreciate both their creativity and their dedication, and allow inspiration to wash over them. In doing so, LCL offers the reader not only a book of recipes, but a portal into a community.
LCL is a labor of love, created by the seat of our collective pants, developed through hard work and love, and with the aid of generous help from many good people along the way. Without much of a budget to speak of, without benefactors in lofty places, the book was put together step by step, piece by piece, with our own loving hands. So you see, Left Coast Libation is more than a cocktail book, it’s a grassroots movement, populated by bartenders and the nerds who love them. Join us, if you will.