With at least 60 recipes, this wide-ranging drinks book is ideal for anyone building their bar library—tongue-in-cheek with humorous anecdotes and thoughtful illustrations, it will also appeal to those who appreciate light-hearted memoir and travel reading.
Long before the term “social distancing” entered the lexicon, introverts were thriving. But let’s clear one thing up right away: Being introverts doesn’t mean we’re all a bunch of hermits. Introverts like going out as much as the next person—as long as it’s a manageable, crowd-less situation with comfortable places to sit! The emptier the bar, the better. The less likely to be bothered by—GASP—other people, even more ideal.
As a professional drinks writer and editor who travels solo a great deal for a living, the author has learned a thing or two about drinking alone. For instance, seclusion is key. Look for a bar that offers numerous opportunities to sequester yourself. Avoid the communal tables, sit as close to the end of the bar as possible (a corner two-top in a darkened room is best-case-scenario), and don’t skimp on the beverage: Order something with complexity that makes you quietly contemplate what’s in your glass, how it got there, and how your surroundings are accentuating the drinking experience. Tiki bars are among the most conducive to that vibe, as everything from the ingredients, to the décor, to the music is designed for just soaking it all in without distraction, but never discount the daytime dive bar either.
Imbibing for Introverts combines the social survival tactics taught in guides like The Introvert’s Way with the appreciation for thoughtful drinking found in travelogues like Around the World in 80 Cocktails. From Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, to New York’s Dead Rabbit cocktail bar, to San Francisco’s Chinatown dive bar Li Po, Imbibing for Introverts helps solo drinkers confidently pull up a seat at every genre and subgenre of drinking establishment. The book begins in readers’ most comfortable setting—their own homes—before taking them out on the town, to bars across the country and, finally, overseas. There are more than a dozen chapters divided by bar type, along with an introduction (“Introvert’s Manifesto”) and epilogue (“Quarantine Confessions”). Each chapter features drink recommendations and cocktail recipes that relate to the particular setting, so if desired, you could also partake without the annoyance and sometimes anxiety-ridden task of leaving the house.
About the Author
Jeff Cioletti’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. He combines his love of drink with a passion for travel and one usually involves the other. He is the editor in chief of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, a publication of the American Craft Spirits Association. Before that he served for fourteen years as an editor at Beverage World magazine, including eight years as editor in chief. He’s also the author of the books Drink Like a Geek, SakePedia, The Drinkable Globe, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, and Beer FAQ. Jeff is the founder of DrinkableGlobe.com and host of “The Drinkable Globe Podcast” and has been a frequent contributor to a variety of publications including Beverage Media, BevNet, Beverage Industry, The Takeout, SevenFifty Daily, and CraftBeer.com. Additionally, he’s certified as an International Kikisake-shi (sake sommelier) by Sake Service Institute International and the winner of four North American Guild of Beer Writers awards.
"Introverts (like myself!) can now rejoice at having a book that will help us navigate the drinks scene with our comfort level in mind. Cioletti is a thoughtful and very knowledgeable guide." —Em Sauter, founder/cartoonist of Pints and Panels
"An ideal guide for the party animal . . . who just wants to be left alone with his drink and his thoughts. Many of us got pretty good at drinking by ourselves during the pandemic, but Jeff Cioletti shows he's a true master of the craft." —Aaron Goldfarb, Brand Mysticism: Cultivate Creativity and Intoxicate Your Audience
"Keep those sweatpants cinched tight. With Imbibing for Introverts, Jeff Cioletti proves that staying at home doesn't mean missing out on any fun—or a couple great cocktails." —Joshua M. Bernstein, journalist and author of The Complete Beer Course
"Savoring a drink alone is one of life’s greatest pleasures. With dark humor and an encyclopedic knowledge of booze, Jeff Cioletti is what every introvert might not be able to admit they need: a companion along for the ride. Whether you’re curled up with a martini on the couch or sipping an Old Fashioned in a dim bar corner, Imbibing for Introverts is sure to make the experience that much more special." —Kate Bernot, drinks reporter