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Friday night at the bar in town: revellers swig beer, slam shots, and repeat until failure. Happy hour turns into falafel oâ€™clock, then everyone staggers home, job done. Most of us have been there (and had fun doing it), but there comes a time when you want to graduate from downing cheap booze in sticky venues to something a little more sophisticated. And, as the flood of new artisan alcohols and serious bars weâ€™re currently enjoying attest, refinement is enjoying a resurgenceâ€”which means there has never been a better time to know how to drink and not look like an idiot. The pursuit of quality over quantity is at the heart of drinking wellâ€”and itâ€™s easier than you think. The helpful chapters in How to Drink will provide the tips, tricks, and tools to ensure you know what youâ€™re doing, whether youâ€™re in a high-end restaurant or navigating a high-street cocktail menu. So if you want to know how to match wine with your evening meal, why you should sip a single malt rather than slam it, how to prepare for an all-day drinking event, or how to build a home liquor cabinet, then read on.
Emily Miles is a freelance journalist specializing in food and drink. She has previously worked for Esquire magazine as a food and drink editor, writing articles on everything from the best tequilas on the market to buying exceptional red wines that wonâ€™t break the bank. The author is based in London, UK.