Last Call Book Event in New York City, SOLD OUT

On Wednesday, October 30th, I’ll be in conversation with Brad Thomas Parsons for his brand new book, Last Call: Bartenders and Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time. Brad is the James Beard award-winning author of Bitter and Amaro, and we’ll be talking about his spirited writing, cocktail culture, as well as taking questions. And yes…there will be Negronis* for all!

Our talk will take place at the Strand bookstore in New York at 7:30pm. The event is ticketed and attendance requires either a book or gift certificate purchase. For additional information, or to sign up, click here. For those who live elsewhere, Brad will be on tour this fall in several U.S. cities and you can catch him at one of his other stops.

To celebrate the release of the book, I’ll be giving away a copy of Last Call. To enter, leave a comment with the name of your favorite cocktail or other drink, which you would want as your last and final drink – ever.

UPDATE: Contest now closed. The winner is Robin, who wants a Martinez for her final drink. And I can’t say blame her. I like them, too.

[Contest winner will be chosen at random. Books can only be sent to U.S., Canada, or addresses in the European Union. One entry per person; multiple entries will be disqualified. Comments/entries will be closed on this post on Saturday, October 26th at Noon EDT.]

Last Call: Bartenders and Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time is now available at your local independent bookstore, as well as online at IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

*Courtesy of Fords Gin.


Last Call Book Event in New York City, SOLD OUT

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  • Cindy Williamson
    October 22, 2019 2:28pm

    A margarita made with Don Julio 70, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice!

    • Olga
      October 22, 2019 11:49pm

      French 75. Must have some bubbles on the way out

  • latenac
    October 22, 2019 2:35pm

    I would want a Manhattan made with Old Overholt.

  • Michelle
    October 22, 2019 2:57pm

    I would want a glass of crisp bubbly champagne.

  • Carol
    October 22, 2019 3:19pm

    That is a hard choice but I think I would want a gin martini

  • Elena
    October 22, 2019 4:00pm

    I think I’ll go with a white russian, light on the cream.

    • Elena
      October 22, 2019 4:01pm

      Please! :)

    • Ritu
      October 23, 2019 6:40am


    • Joyce Chan
      October 23, 2019 2:08pm

      For me it’ll have to be a really, really nice bottle of cabernet sauvignon.

      • Julia
        October 23, 2019 3:46pm

        A glass of montepulciano :)

  • Aviva I
    October 22, 2019 4:06pm

    Amaretto sour.

  • Susan
    October 22, 2019 4:11pm

    French 75

  • gwyn ganjeau
    October 22, 2019 4:25pm

    gosh, i think it would have to be a Last Word!

  • Chris Rocco
    October 22, 2019 4:45pm

    Negroni sbagliato !

  • Lucie Levesque
    October 22, 2019 4:46pm

    A Moscou mule made with artisanal ginger beer!
    Une mule de Moscou pour moi, fait avec une bière de gingembre artisanale!

    • Annette Messenger
      October 22, 2019 9:31pm

      A pear martini straight up and super cold made with juice from the puny, misshapen pears from my little tree. It would be made by my friend Margie who makes the best ones. Don’t know what vodka but I bet she uses a cheap one!

  • Julie
    October 22, 2019 5:11pm

    Tough choice, but I have to go with a Manhattan.

  • Sherri Lynn
    October 22, 2019 5:12pm

    A Pisco sour sitting on a Peru beach at sunset.

  • October 22, 2019 5:14pm

    White Russian!

  • Kathi Ann
    October 22, 2019 5:17pm

    A French 75 would be my last and favorite drink on this earth.

  • Kelly Rodriguez
    October 22, 2019 5:17pm

    Hendricks martini with a twist. Timeless…classic…yesterday, today, tomorrow…

  • Jennie
    October 22, 2019 5:18pm

    Whiskey Sour!

  • k8
    October 22, 2019 5:19pm

    Jeppson’s Malort – a very unique Chicago drink. Not necessarily the best tasting, but as a “last” drink, I’d take one final bitter shot to celebrate all the ups and downs of life!

  • Kristin Konsterlie
    October 22, 2019 5:21pm

    oh boy… this is a very tough choice but I’d say a Perfect Manhattan.

  • Deb
    October 22, 2019 5:21pm

    a mojito, of course

  • AJPeabody
    October 22, 2019 5:24pm

    I would want a Kir Royale, of course.
    And your sending an email on Oct. 22 with an Oct. 16 cutoff date makes me want one right now!

    • Bonnie
      October 22, 2019 5:27pm

      I’ll join you on that – ha ha

      • Tracy
        October 22, 2019 10:55pm

        Nothing fancy, just a really good Frozen Lime marguerita please!

    • Maggie
      October 22, 2019 6:53pm

      Make mine a gin gimlet!

  • Bonnie
    October 22, 2019 5:26pm

    A huge glass of Krug Champagne

    • Alicia
      October 22, 2019 6:05pm

      Un Ti’Punch, bien sûr—made with Clément Canne Bleue. While usually an apéritif, it encourages sipping and a great loosening of most tongues in the room—and almost always induces dancing. No better way to wrap it up!

      David in New York! Ouais!

  • Katie Stuber
    October 22, 2019 5:29pm

    A beautiful Kir Royale.

  • Liza
    October 22, 2019 5:32pm

    The post states that “Comments/entries will be closed on this post on Saturday, October 16th at Noon EDT”, however the post went up on the 22nd. Regardless, if it were my last drink ever I would like a glass of 2016 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Deus Ex Machina.

  • Dora Popova
    October 22, 2019 5:35pm

    Vanilla, honey and smoked Old Fashioned!

  • Sandi Ekholm
    October 22, 2019 5:36pm

    I would like as my last drink: an Austrian wine called “Gelber Muskateller from Steirmark, Austria.

  • Michelle
    October 22, 2019 5:38pm

    Last drink? The Bitter End!

  • Jeanne
    October 22, 2019 5:38pm

    Last and final drink—forever—oh my. Maybe a lovely French Growers Champagne, but maybe…

  • Liisi
    October 22, 2019 5:39pm


  • Sandra H
    October 22, 2019 5:39pm

    A delicious Gin and Tonic with the lime slice swished around the glass rim before placed in the glass.

    • Julie B
      October 23, 2019 3:22am


  • Bonnie Simmons
    October 22, 2019 5:40pm

    It would have to be a Manhattan.

  • Jamie Samons
    October 22, 2019 5:40pm


  • Sara R.
    October 22, 2019 5:41pm

    I love a Moscow Mule!

  • Barbara
    October 22, 2019 5:51pm

    Bombay Sapphire Gibson – with craft Vermouth and 2 onions

  • Heather
    October 22, 2019 5:52pm

    Amaretto Sour!

  • Michelle Mallett
    October 22, 2019 5:55pm

    A great quality margarita.

    • Liz
      October 22, 2019 6:03pm

      White Russian with some great solid ice cubes to keep it nice and cold!

  • Elsa
    October 22, 2019 5:58pm


  • Payal
    October 22, 2019 6:01pm

    For my last drink, it would have to be an elderflower martini.

  • jenniferc
    October 22, 2019 6:03pm

    A glass of Domaine Tempier rose wine

  • Shanna
    October 22, 2019 6:08pm

    The Monaco always reminds me of studying abroad in Paris! Brings back such sweet memories.

  • Barbara H
    October 22, 2019 6:08pm

    A cucumber gin spritzer…

  • Cynthia
    October 22, 2019 6:09pm

    A Negroni, of course! (With St. George Terroir or Botanivore – and no Campari “similars/substitutes”!)

  • E2
    October 22, 2019 6:19pm

    A 50/50: ice cold, three olives and a slaty snack.

  • Susan Feltus
    October 22, 2019 6:21pm

    A Negroni always with a garnish of orange

  • B. Thompson
    October 22, 2019 6:22pm

    Grave Digger, of course.

  • Gracie
    October 22, 2019 6:23pm

    Old Fashioned!

  • Meg
    October 22, 2019 6:34pm


  • Deborah Hall
    October 22, 2019 6:38pm

    A Manhattan with a good rye (never burbon) garnished with one of my candied cherries!

  • anna w
    October 22, 2019 6:43pm

    a mojito that I get to enjoy making :)

  • Carol
    October 22, 2019 6:47pm

    Corpse Reviver #2!

  • Jeannine Jensen
    October 22, 2019 6:50pm

    A perfect Manhattan with 2 Luxardo cherries (I’m greedy).

  • Sj Dc
    October 22, 2019 6:56pm

    Bloody mary

  • Lynn
    October 22, 2019 7:22pm

    I’d love a Caipirinha as my last drink!

  • Annie
    October 22, 2019 7:26pm

    My ultimate Boulevardier! With Lagavulin 16, Antica Formula vermouth, and Asterley Bros Dispense Amaro (a British artisan version of Campari)

    • Tom
      October 23, 2019 5:13pm

      Absinthe and then frolic with the green fairy…

  • Lynn
    October 22, 2019 7:29pm

    Either Champagne or a very cold dry martini with lots of olives.

  • Martha Burzynski
    October 22, 2019 7:45pm

    A perfect rye Manhattan

  • Margaret
    October 22, 2019 7:57pm

    A perfect Mai Tai sitting on the beach in Salema, Portugal or north shore of Oahu.

  • Deanna
    October 22, 2019 7:59pm

    I’d have to go for a Blood and Sand, but made with bourbon.

  • Cynthia L.
    October 22, 2019 8:12pm

    Hudson Rye Manhattan- old school!

  • RL McGruder
    October 22, 2019 8:12pm

    My last-drink-EVER choices are seasonal:

    Spring – champagne
    Summer – Mezcal
    Fall – Vesper
    Winter – Manhattan

  • Rose
    October 22, 2019 8:22pm

    A perfectly balanced Manhattan, especially in the fall.

  • Mandy
    October 22, 2019 8:46pm

    This is tough! Today my choice would be a Black Manhattan made with Rittenhouse and Averna.

  • Steven
    October 22, 2019 8:48pm

    a Margarita

  • Beth T.
    October 22, 2019 9:01pm

    Non-drinker here, I’d choose a Mexican hot chocolate.

  • David
    October 22, 2019 9:02pm

    Gin and tonic

  • Alexandra Holbrook
    October 22, 2019 9:05pm

    A delicious, simple glass of sangria
    (with brandy, por favor).

  • October 22, 2019 9:14pm

    This is a tough choice but I would go with a Martinez, made by my beloved, with Ransom Old Tom gin, Carpano Antica, and just a touch of Luxardo. Preferably sipped on a deck overlooking some body of water.

  • October 22, 2019 9:15pm

    My dad’s Margarita!

  • Mike
    October 22, 2019 9:16pm

    A last drink? Well, I’m sticking with the classics (Pindar in this case): a cool tall glass of spring water. It’s best.

  • niknak
    October 22, 2019 9:58pm

    My perfect drink would be a dram of Ledaig 19 oloroso sherry casked whisky, with a drop of water from the Isle of Mull.

  • Jen RS
    October 22, 2019 10:06pm

    Manhattan all the way.

  • Deborah B.
    October 22, 2019 10:08pm

    Margarita with top shelf ingredients over crushed ice.

  • Chuck McVey
    October 22, 2019 10:10pm

    Campari and soda

  • Marlee Stevenson
    October 22, 2019 10:12pm

    A classic old fashioned! Can’t go wrong

  • Jeffrey Willcox
    October 22, 2019 10:12pm

    A really cold pickletini with a blue cheese-stuffed olive garnish.

  • Marla
    October 22, 2019 10:22pm

    Pink grapefruit frozen margarita, please.

  • Nancy McC
    October 22, 2019 10:42pm

    A Negroni of course – made with
    Carpano Antica Vermouth,
    Anchor Junipero Gin, and Campari. Finish with an orange slice and large cube of ice. Best accompanied with a view of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

  • Tracy
    October 22, 2019 10:54pm

    Nothing too fancy, just a really good frozen lime marguerita please!

  • Victoria
    October 22, 2019 11:09pm

    White Russian, dude :)

  • Kara
    October 22, 2019 11:22pm


  • mg shepherd
    October 22, 2019 11:30pm

    Hard one. Maybe a fuzzy navel or a superb gin fizz.

  • Mary Osborne
    October 22, 2019 11:40pm

    Harvey Wallbanger- the first drink I had when I was 21… the last drink.

  • Olga Marcasciano
    October 22, 2019 11:47pm

    French 75. Must have some bubbles on the way out.

  • AR
    October 22, 2019 11:48pm

    Spritz al Aperol

  • Shelley
    October 22, 2019 11:50pm

    I’d like the perfect Negroni made with Monkey 47 gin, Dolin vermouth, and vintage Campari.

  • Sarah
    October 22, 2019 11:51pm

    Definitely a Sidecar!

  • Lei Kaniumoe
    October 23, 2019 12:03am


  • Alexis
    October 23, 2019 12:29am

    Sidecar perhaps or a watermelon margarita….whichever would last longer! Hard to think “last” of anything!

  • Tim Giordano
    October 23, 2019 12:30am

    G’vine Nouaison martini straight up.

  • Anne
    October 23, 2019 1:10am

    A sky-blue Aviation.

  • Virginia
    October 23, 2019 1:14am

    Pimm’s Cup

  • jbgeorge
    October 23, 2019 1:18am

    a Paper Plane…on the rocks (cause why not!)

  • Alice
    October 23, 2019 1:29am

    White Russian or gin & tonic

  • Stephen Johnson
    October 23, 2019 1:50am

    Gin martini, dirty, 2 olives, straight up.

  • Dora
    October 23, 2019 1:53am

    An Old Fashioned for me!

  • SE
    October 23, 2019 1:54am

    White russians!

  • Valerie
    October 23, 2019 2:00am

    The Last Word (perfect, right?)

  • Chris
    October 23, 2019 2:02am

    Sangria. It was the first drink I ever had in a bar with my brother as my drinking buddy and it would be a fitting last drink.

  • Keyan Kaplan
    October 23, 2019 2:36am

    I’d like a glass of champagne. Side of strawberries. Blue sky and 70 degrees. That’s it.

  • pam white
    October 23, 2019 3:07am

    Negroni for me – it was the first drink I had on my first trip to Europe – Rome – in a café near the Trivi Fountain. I will always remember that drink and continue to drink at home and when out. Reminds me of my love of travel and good times!!

  • Michelle W.
    October 23, 2019 3:48am

    A Manhattan, with bourbon and a few extra brandied cherries!

  • Leslie
    October 23, 2019 3:57am

    Tito’s lemon drop martini

  • es
    October 23, 2019 4:02am


  • Katherine
    October 23, 2019 5:03am

    I’d love nothing more than a negroni, and I might even share a few sips with my wife! ;)

  • Lorna Smedman
    October 23, 2019 5:10am

    Tanqueray martini, dry, twist of lime.

  • Steph Galinson
    October 23, 2019 5:14am

    I’m in love with the sour category – citrus and spirits. If I HAD to choose one it would be a tequila heavy margarita- with a little agave and GM to balance the lime (and meyer lemon from my urban SF tree). And then I’d pour a little more blanco over the sweetened ice, with a squeeze of citrus for round two.

  • October 23, 2019 5:25am

    Veuve Clicquot ’61
    WAs one of the best years for a Vintage Champagne, also the year I was Born.
    If I’m on my way out, why not celebrate with a drink the same age as me, plus what better than Champagne!

  • Carin Sappelli
    October 23, 2019 6:13am

    Sweet vermouth with a couple rocks

  • Danita Day
    October 23, 2019 7:27am


  • Richard Berger
    October 23, 2019 8:18am

    A real mai tai, with a Maui sunset.

  • Domenica
    October 23, 2019 8:49am

    A Bloody Caesar!

    • Linda W.
      October 23, 2019 11:52am

      My favorite autumn bourbon apple cider concoction with Bowman Brothers bourbon.

  • Blaine Walker
    October 23, 2019 8:58am

    Bulleit Rye Old Fashion (w Demrears simple syrup).

    [love BITTERS & AMARO – both]

  • Nathalie
    October 23, 2019 9:05am

    A good Negroni will do.

  • Lillian Barnes
    October 23, 2019 12:31pm

    A rich apple cider made from the apples grown in my home province of Nova Scotia.

  • Joyce Chan
    October 23, 2019 2:10pm

    For me it’ll have to be a really, really nice bottle of cabernet sauvignon.

  • Leaf
    October 23, 2019 2:30pm

    Hi, thank you for this giveaway.

    I am afraid I am going to be very dull but I think I would drink a mojito as my final drink. But a VERY good one :)

  • Huyen
    October 23, 2019 2:35pm

    If I had to pick one, it would be a French 57.

  • October 23, 2019 2:50pm

    Anything made Gulch Distillers in Helena, Montana. Every time I go in, I come out with a new favorite. And their ‘classes’ are fantastic.

  • Kiera
    October 23, 2019 3:13pm

    a perfectly executed hendricks gin and tonic, with lime

  • Rachele
    October 23, 2019 3:36pm

    Vieux Carre!

  • Karen Rosell-Keith
    October 23, 2019 5:44pm

    A Hendricks Gin Martini with olives.

  • Paul
    October 23, 2019 5:48pm

    Great to see that Brad will be coming to Memphis. The Gray Canary is wonderful.

    Any chance that your book tour will bring you to Memphis when it comes out? There is a strong francophile community here.

  • Allison
    October 23, 2019 5:54pm

    Margarita on the rocks with salt!

  • Keri
    October 23, 2019 6:24pm

    A boozy chocolate milk shake!

  • Lee
    October 23, 2019 6:40pm

    Although I am a die-hard bourbon drinker, I think if it were my last drink ever, I would want something to remind me of happy times. Therefore, I’d have a perfectly made mojito with lots of fresh mint and lime. Preferably served with a view of turquoise water!

  • Lisa Woods
    October 23, 2019 7:57pm

    A fruity, strong Jamaican rum punch!

  • Pierre
    October 23, 2019 8:07pm

    Dirty Martini with gin.

  • October 23, 2019 8:41pm

    whiskey, turf smoked gooseberries , brown sugar cube slice of lemon. over ice.

  • DRTVrMoi
    October 23, 2019 8:45pm

    Last drink: a vodka gimlet with Ketel One, very chilled!

  • patty
    October 23, 2019 9:27pm

    Kuhlua with half and half, on the rocks shaken not stirred. Just keep them coming!

  • Georgia
    October 23, 2019 9:47pm

    A good glass of icy cold sangria on the beach

  • Linda L.
    October 23, 2019 10:26pm

    Amaretto with milk, hold the ice.

  • Carol
    October 23, 2019 10:48pm

    a simple gin and tonic

  • Shana
    October 23, 2019 11:13pm

    Last Word!

  • Sheryl T
    October 23, 2019 11:24pm

    Bellini made with fresh ripe peaches.

  • Erin
    October 24, 2019 1:43am

    Either champagne or homemade Irish Cream.

  • Mike
    October 24, 2019 4:19am

    Ketel One martini up with a twist

  • Will Calhoun
    October 24, 2019 4:49am

    An Old Fashioned, with Whistle Pig 12 year rye.

  • Dylan
    October 24, 2019 5:39am

    Dark and Stormy

  • October 24, 2019 9:32am

    A glass of white wine :)

  • Simmy
    October 24, 2019 1:07pm

    Moscow Mule!

  • Ed
    October 24, 2019 3:50pm

    A perfect Glenlivet Rob Roy, straight up with a twist!

  • Kim Cobban
    October 24, 2019 4:15pm

    I was introduced to an Avaiation at the Journeyman distillery in Michigan, and absolutely LOVE them made with Field Gin, by Journeyman!!! Complete with Luxardo cherries, please.

  • Bobbe
    October 24, 2019 8:27pm

    Just back from Paris and I was turned on to Kir (Cassis and sparkling wine or Champagne even better)

  • Nicole
    October 24, 2019 9:40pm

    Ramo’s Gin Fizz for sure!

  • Daniela Pesce
    October 24, 2019 10:47pm

    A very bitter and very strong negroni!

  • Ruby Homawala
    October 25, 2019 12:39am

    My last drink would be a glass of Ruinart Champagne

  • Myrra
    October 25, 2019 3:28am

    A whisky old fashioned sweet with luxardo cherries, bitter cube bitters (any of them!), and Woodford. Oranges and cherries muddled. Yum.

  • October 25, 2019 9:55pm

    Hendrick’s gin and Fever Tree tonic with 2 limes made by my husbands hands!

  • HSB
    October 25, 2019 10:10pm

    Wet Martini!

  • Xmoki
    October 26, 2019 9:39am

    Bielle Vieux Ti’Punch