Meet The Cocktail Whisperer: An Interview with Warren Bobrow

October is flying by so quickly, but not so quickly that we can't slow down for a little drink.  We are fortunate to have Warren Bobrow present us today with a citrusy drink that is sure to please.  This drink is light, sparkly, and aromatic.


I had the pleasure of meeting Warren on


, and without sounding too crazy there was an immediate connection.  If you are a Tweeter, you may know what I mean – people come together on Twitter rather quickly because like interests are the connectors.  Conversations are fluid and everyone is so welcoming.  Your circle of friends grows within minutes.  It is fortunate because I met a real gem that I am pleased to now call my friend.

Here’s a bit about Warren:

Warren Bobrow is the Food and Drink Editor of the 501c3 non profit Wild Table on Wild River Review located in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in 2011. His research on Biodynamic and Organic Wine and Food will appear in the 2012 Oxford Encyclopedia of Food/Drink in America, Ed., 2. Warren has published over three hundred articles in fewer than two years since his reinvention on everything from cocktail mixology to wine writing to restaurant reviews.


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Get the rest after the jump...

Meet the Cocktail Whisperer

Here’s what I wanted to know:

jh:  Favorite Vietnam eatery in NYC?  

wb: Pho Viet Huong. If you are a beef lover-(like I am) you must try the seven courses of beef!)

jh:  If I make it to Morristown, what is a must do?

wb:  Visit Washington's Headquarters, then- get into your car and drive up to Jockey Hollow and find the hidden "branch-water" spring that sustained George Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War.

jh:  How does one become a Rum Judge?

wb:  I first met Ed Hamilton (Ministry of Rum) down in the "Islands" during the 1980's. He didn't have any ice-but he had plenty of rum on his boat.  We had plenty of clean ice- but no rum.  It is through experiences like this one, that brings people together.  Thus, when I saw that Ed was seeking rum judges, I had to apply!

jh:  Are you a cat, dog, or horse guy?

wb:  Three cats.  2 Turkish Angora(s), 1 Norwegian Forest Cat

jh:  What two things are you working on right now?  

wb:Trying to succeed doing what I love and creating fabulous cocktails that will propel me to stardom.  (I happen to know he’s working on a book, but let’s keep that between you and me.)

jh:  What was the last thing you doodled?

wb:  How did you know?  I'm doodling with my Ronnybrook yogurt right now..  Inspirational! 

jh: What is your current guilty pleasure?

wb:  My biggest guilty pleasure is tiny sips off several bottles of pre-1960 Bourbon that belonged to my late grandfather. Once they are gone, only the empty bottles will remain.

jh: Your philosophy on social media?

wb:  My philosophy on social media is succinct.  Be kind, say please and thank you.  Try to engage people unlike myself to bring all people together in a "Global Village"  I use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as a mean to share ideas and hopefully make the world a kinder place.  One tweet at a time.  You never know who you may meet!

jh:  Hear, hear!

jh: Top 2 on your bucket list?

wb:  Portland, Oregon for craft cocktails and blending wine with my friend Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon at his cellar in California. 

jh:  The one person you would love to meet or who has influenced your work & why?

wb:  Frank Lloyd Wright.  I grew up in one of his Prairie Homes in NJ. This home was built by the late Morton Delson, who designed and completed the second wing at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.  Mr. Wright's crisp lines, punctuated by my parent's Asian Art collections have influenced me in ways I still discover every day by just "seeing."  Although he is long gone, his designs continue to infuse my dreams and my writing with their complex simplicity.

Absolut-ly Marvelous Cocktail

The ingredients:

  • 2 shots of Absolut Citron
  • 1/2 shot Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • juice of one lime
  • tonic water
  • Angostura bitters
  • ice

The method:

  1. Pour Absolut Citron Vodka into a shaker.
  2. Add juices.
  3. Add 3 or 4 shakes of bitters and fresh ice.
  4. Shake until the shaker is frosty.
  5. Strain into tall cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit slice.
  6. Top with tonic water.

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