When I recently posted on French National Cocktail Hour (June 7th, this year), a friend of mine posted on Facebook, reminding me that—quel coincidence—June 7th happens to be her birthday.
That’s all the more interesting, because this friend is none other than Mittie Hellmich, the author of the fabulous Ultimate Bar Book, which was published by Chronicle Books in 2006 and remains a best-seller in the cocktail book genre. (With over 1,000 recipes, plus all kinds of info on spirits and mixers, it truly is the comprehensive tome on cocktails. It’s also really handsome-looking, and makes a great Father’s Day gift, by the way.)
How perfect is it that this cocktail pro’s birthday falls on French National Cocktail Hour day! Sadly, since Mittie lives in Oregon, and I live in Amerique profonde, we won’t be raising a glass together in person.
So, I’ll have to do it virtually. To celebrate Mittie Hellmich’s birthday—as well as French National Cocktail Hour—I am giving away one set of her lovely “Martini Deck,” a box of cute little cards (50 in all) that offer all kinds of fun recipes for martinis, both classic and one-of-a-kind.
How to enter? Well, I’m always looking for more “likes” on Facebook, but I’d also like to hear more from those who already like the Chez Bonne Femme page. So, to enter, you can do one of the following:
1. Like Chez Bonne Femme on Facebook (if you don’t already).
2. Post a link or description of a great cocktail recipe or apéritif you’d love to drink or serve in honor of the French National Cocktail Hour (post on the Chez Bonne Femme Facebook page.
3. Share a Chez Bonne Femme Facebook posting with one of your friends.
As always, I’ll use a randomizer to choose a winner.
Here are a couple of then-and-now photos to wish Mittie a happy birthday: