THEY TRACED THE FIRST USE OF THE WORD "COCKTAIL" TO 1798 ON LONDON'S DOWNING STREET. THEY KNOW WHERE THE SAVOY'S HARRY CRADDOCK IS BURIED. THEY DISCOVERED HARRY JOHNSON'S TRUE BIRTHPLACE AND GRAVESITE PLUS KNOW HOW THE BLOODY MARY AND THE RED SNAPPER GOT THEIR NAMES.
The inseparable cocktail couple, Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, are the directors of Mixellany Limited®, a consultancy and publishing company that specialises in anything and everything to do with spirits and mixed drinks. During the course of their 25+ year collaboration, Miller and Brown have written more than 30 books including Shaken Not Stirred®: A Celebration of the Martini,Champagne Cocktails, Cuban Cocktails, Spirit of the Cane, The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth & Other Aperitifs, and The Deans of Drink.
Their masterwork, the two-volume Spirituous Journey: A History of Drink charted the history of spirits and mixed drinks from 7000 BC to the mid-20th century. (The first volume won a coveted Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Drink History in the UK in 2009 and the second received the same honour in 2010.)
Miller and Brown also received the 2010 Best Drinks Writing Award from CLASS Magazine. And in April 2011, Miller and Brown became the first spirits writers to receive the coveted International Wine & Spirits Competition's Communicator of the Year Award, joining a roster of authorities such as wine experts Anthony Dias Blue and Oz Clark. The couple also received the Industry Legends Award at the 2016 IMBIBE Personality of the Year Awards.
Mixellany's publishing division was responsible for the Mixologist series of cocktail journals, the republishing of the rare classics The Café Royal Cocktail Book and El Arte de Hacer un Cocktail y Algo Mas, and titles by other noted authors including Gary Regan, Shawn Soole, Geraldine Coates, Stew Ellington, and Andy Ives.
They are regular contributors to Imbibe, CLASS, The Cocktail Lovers, BA's Highlife, and The Observer Food Monthly, and Financial Times in the UK. They have written extensively for other publications including Barlife (Czech republic), Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Boston Common, Capitol File, and FoodArts in the USA as well as THEME and World's Best Bars in the UK.
Miller and Brown frequently conduct masterclasses in applying historical foundations to new drink creation and have made regular appearances at Berlin Bar Convent, Moscow Bar Show, London Cocktail Week, Boutique Bar Show, Rumfest, Tales of the Cocktail, Athens Bar Show, Florence Cocktail Week, Rome Bar Show as well as other trade and consumer events.
These two former bartenders also practice what they preach. Brown is the co-founder and Master Distiller for the multi-award winning Sipsmith Distillery , the first newly-licensed, pot-still distillery to open in London in over 180 years, which won the prestigious 2010 Observer Food Monthly Best Newcomer Award and a 2011 Gold Medal from the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Together they have amassed a collection of international awards for their work as distillery consultants creating new spirits, including a 2002 international "Best Spirit" in the white spirits category from the Beverage Testing Institute for Heavy Water Vodka. They have worked as tasters for a number of products including Beefeater 24 and No. 3 Gin.
Miller has an MA in History from Open University and an MSc in English Local History from the University of Oxford. She is currently researching her doctoral thesis at the University of Bristol and specialises in the socioeconomic impact of early modern English brewing and distilling trades in the West Country.
Miller and Brown were co-founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail with Dale and Jill DeGroff. They were the curators of a three-year project in the south of France, restoring Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux, a museum of wines and spirits founded in 1958, and cataloguing the 8000+ bottles, 1200 menus, and other antiquities in the collection.
They are currently curating a free, online, digital library of vintage cocktail, drink, and distillation books dating back to the 1750s at www.euvslibrary.com
Miller and Brown live in England's West Country.