David Wondrich is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the people who helped to shape the modern craft cocktail movement. The Resident Spirits and Cocktails Historian at Flaviar.com, Dr. Wondrich is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and six books, including the award-winning Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails, of which he is the Editor in Chief, and the modern classic Imbibe!, the first cocktail book to win a James Beard award. His writing, lecturing, podcasting and mentoring have earned him a record eight Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards, an IACP Trailblazer award, and a number three slot in Drinks International’s 2019 inaugural list of 100 top bar industry influencers. As a consultant, he has been involved in the creation of a number of spirits that are found on the backbars of practically every craft cocktail bar on the planet, from Ransom Old Tom gin to the multiple award-winning Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum. He is a Partner Emeritus in Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other mixologists. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.