About Cocktail Wonk

Wonk: A person who likes to think about or study something and spends a great amount of time doing it

Hello! I’m Matt Pietrek. Thanks for your interest in my spirited site!

Cocktail Wonk is where I share my passion for spirits, cocktails, mixology, tiki, bars, and spirited history. I also write for a number of other publications (see below).  I share my thoughts and experiences extensively on social media and have a large following on Instagram.

I can be reached at cocktailwonk @ gmail.com



I’ve previously authored a number of books and articles on Microsoft Windows, reverse engineering, and software development, and been recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic.

I now use my ability to immerse myself in the world of spirits, cocktails, and bars. Much as when I wrote about Windows, I dig deep into a topic, demystify it and then explain it in a straightforward manner.

An integral part of the Cocktail Wonk experience is Mrs. Wonk (aka, Carrie in her civilian life), who provides storytelling wisdom, copy-editing and many humorous asides.

Want more backstory? Read my first post.

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