Best’s death row drink of choice is a Sazerac, but with a telling twist. Instead of the typical pour in a rocks glass, he said that the moment demands going big with a full pint glass of the classic New Orleans cocktail. “We’re all mortal. We’re all going to croak. Let’s make the most of it and enjoy every moment,” Best is quoted in “Last Call.”
Atlanta bartender Miles Macquarrie of Kimball House and Watchman's is among the barkeeps featured in "Last Call." Photograph © 2019 by Ed Anderson. Reprinted with permission from "Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time," by Brad Thomas Parsons, © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.
As for Macquarrie, he also wishes for a classic – a proper Brooklyn made with elusive Amer Picon, a French aperitif not available in the United States. Despite Amer Picon’s rarity, Macquarrie does his best to keep some behind the bar at Kimball House, purely for fueling those proper Brooklyns.
Anyone who has made it to closing time at Kimball House will recognize the impressive nightly ritual that Macquarrie mentions in the book. For everyone else, buy the book or simply hit Kimball House for Parson’s book tour, then stay for however many rounds it takes to reach last call.
LAST CALL: IN CONVERSATION WITH MILES MACQUARRIE, GREG BEST & GARY CRUNKLETON
6-9 p.m. Nov. 4. Panel discussion from 6-7 p.m. $25 including light snack and welcome cocktail. Book will be for sale by Acapella Books. Tickets available at khspirits.eventbrite.com. Open cocktail party, featuring drinks from "Last Call" by Brad Thomas Parsons. Kimball House. 303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-378-3502, kimball-house.com.
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