Kara Newman is a spirits and cocktail writer based in New York. She is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast and her writing appears in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Tasting Table, Saveur, Arrive, and Bloomberg Pursuits. She is also the founder/curator of the Drink.Think literary reading series.

In addition, Kara is the author of three cocktail books, Shake. Stir. Sip. (coming fall 2016),  Cocktails for a Crowd (May 2013) and Spice & Ice, all from Chronicle Books, as well as The Secret Financial Life of Food (Columbia University Press, 2012; paperback edition 2014). She is currently working as an editor on Savoring Gotham, a guide to New York food history forthcoming from Oxford University Press in late 2015.

Kara won the IACP’s prestigious 2013 Bert Greene Award, in the Writing About Beverages category. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Far Niente Winery Fellowship at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood.

Television and radio credits include ABC’s View From the Bay, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food on Sirius Radio, Heritage Radio Network, and The Splendid Table. She is also a cocktail consultant, national speaker and cocktail recipe developer, and blogs at www.TippleSheet.com.