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12 Bottle Bar was created with the simple goal of making classic cocktails accessible to the home bartender.  Despite having a voluminous liquor cabinet, home bartenders David and Lesley Solmonson were continually frustrated by drink recipes that called for more and more esoteric ingredients.  Their solution?  Create a fixed list of main ingredients – the twelve bottles – and present hundreds of classic and original cocktails that could be made from them.  Unlike other cocktail publications, which cater to the professional or seasoned amateur, 12 Bottle Bar is targeted specifically at the novice home bartender.  The primary goals are to engage and excite the reader and generally raise the quality of drinking in the average American home.  Here’s how it all started.

Our Promise:  A Dozen Bottles.  Hundreds of Cocktails.

David Solmonson
An avid home-bartending enthusiast, David is a screenwriter and media executive by trade. He is married to author Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.  David is BarSmarts certified.

Lesley Solmonson
Lesley’s book “Gin: A Global History” (Reaktion) was published in 2012, and she is currently working on “Liqueur: A Global History” (Reaktion). She is the cocktail/wine writer for the LA Weekly and writes for Chilled magazineLesley has written for many other publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Gourmet, and Santa Barbara, and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of the American Cocktail.


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