I was interviewed by Jonathan Riggs for Smashd on the state and future of cocktails (nothing grandiose about that topic, nor arrogant about my answers). As always, lots of editing went on for the final version, which is to be expected, but one part that got cut that I'd like to restore here was the answer to this question: What are some great web sites/tastemakers/etc. to follow online to stay abreast of this field? My answer: Difford's Guide by Simon Difford is the hands down most authoritative coverage of bars and cocktails around the world. Exhaustingly thorough, passionate, seemingly unbiased. Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common and Pepé le Moko is a great how-to resource (as is his Playboy column.) David Wondrich's column in Esquire is the best source of cocktail savvy and history in the game. Everyday Drinking is so well written it depresses me.There's a wave of useful cocktail books that have come out recently, including Julie Reiner's (Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club) The Craft Cocktail Party Book, Jeff Morgenthaler's The Bar Book—a thorough primer of techniques—a kind of Cook's Illustrated for bartender.