Brad Thomas Parsons

Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, which was the winner of the James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards. Parsons received an MFA in writing from Columbia University, and his work has appeared in Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, among others. He is currently at work on a book about amaro to be published by Ten Speed Press. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Articles by Brad

Cocktails & Dreams

Though critically panned, Tom Cruise’s ’80s love letter to flair bartending, Cocktail, undoubtedly launched countless careers in the drinks world. Well, at least one. Brad Thomas Parsons on how Cocktails & Dreams led him to a stint at a local beach bar—and sparked a lifelong love of drinks.

Is the Standing Bar Doomed to Extinction in America?

Whether its at a tachinomi in Tokyo or a tapas bar in San Sebastián, Americans embrace the culture of standing and grazing while abroad. But when it comes to our own bars, it’s another story entirely. Brad Thomas Parsons on whether the standing bar is doomed to extinction stateside.

Created and Forgotten at Sea: Pink Gin

Perhaps not as sophisticated as the Martini or as sexy as the Negroni, the Pink Gin has fallen from most gin drinkers’ radars. Brad Thomas Parsons muses on the obscure cocktail’s origins, revival and simplistic beauty.

An Amaro Scene Springs Up in Seattle

From Artusi to Barnacle, Brad Thomas Parsons explores Seattle’s love affair with amari and the unique culture that’s grown up around these bitter liqueurs.

The Art of Drinking Alone

For most, the thought of drinking alone at bars is fraught with anxiety. But for Brad Thomas Parsons, it’s become a routine that has not only taught him the virtue of familiarity, but continues to connect him to the memory of his father.

The Secret Lives of Distillery Cats

As craft distilling booms across America, a new generation of distillery cat is stepping into the spotlight. Brad Thomas Parsons profiles the lives of some legendary cats and introduces the new breed of blue-collar millennial mousers.

The (Totally Unofficial) Lego Bartender Collection

Brad Thomas Parsons talks with Andrew Bohrer, bartender, spirits educator and confessed AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) about casting the world’s top bartenders in plastic.