Clair McLafferty

The Essential | Birmingham, AL

Clair McLafferty is a craft bartender and writer based in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2013, she quit her office job to learn the art of bartending after falling in love with cocktails while covering the local food scene for a local magazine. Making drinks fed into researching and writing about them, and her current profession was born. She is the author of Romantic Cocktails (Whalen Books, 2019) and The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book (Rockridge Press 2017), and is the cocktail columnist for The Bitter Southerner. Her work has also appeared on mentalfloss.com, The Food Network, PUNCH, and many others. For more of her writing, check out clairmclafferty.com