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Robert Simonson has established himself among the best cocktail writers in the nation. (PHOTO: Lizzie Munro)

FoodCrush Podcast: A spirited chat with NYT cocktail writer Robert Simonson

Best known for his work for The New York Times, Wisconsin native Robert Simonson has established himself among the nation's best beverage writers. In addition to his work for numerous prominent publications, he is also the author of four books: "The Martini Cocktail" (2019), the 2018 James Beard Foundation nominee "3-Ingredient Cocktails" (2017), "A Proper Drink" (2016) and "The Old-Fashioned" (2014).

On this week's podcast, we chat with Simonson about a host of topics from his experience growing up in Wisconsin and his career as a theater critic to his transition to writing about cocktails, spirits, bars and bartenders. Along the way, Simonson shares spirited stories, insights into the craft cocktail movement and his thoughts on trends in the beverage world. We also discuss his newest book, "The Martini Cocktail." During the podcast, we also have a bit of fun, even convincing Simonson to take his very first taste of White Claw and offer his expert opinion on the wildly popular beverage.

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