400 Blender Cocktails: Sensational Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes

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All you need are your blender and the recipes in this book.

Cocktails are back in vogue -whether for hosting a party or simply relaxing at home. But when unfamiliar bartending paraphernalia is involved, creating these concoctions can be daunting. A blender and the easy recipes from 400 Blender Cocktails are all that it takes to create truly delicious -- and sometimes decadent -- drinks that will amaze friends, colleagues and family members. The...

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Overview

All you need are your blender and the recipes in this book.

Cocktails are back in vogue -whether for hosting a party or simply relaxing at home. But when unfamiliar bartending paraphernalia is involved, creating these concoctions can be daunting. A blender and the easy recipes from 400 Blender Cocktails are all that it takes to create truly delicious -- and sometimes decadent -- drinks that will amaze friends, colleagues and family members. The 400 recipes include cocktails for every occasion:

  • Holiday festivities will sparkle with a Cuban punch, a cranberry cooler, a coconut rum punch or a hot pink ginger.
  • Long summer days will cool off quickly when sipping a frozen lichee daiquiri or a watermelon cosmo.
  • Elegant affairs will be enhanced with an essence of pear martini, a gin fizz or a pineapple sparkler.
  • Hangovers can be cured with a bitter morning or a hair of the clam.

In addition, there are valuable tips and techniques for turning any novice into a seasoned bartender. Also included are 40 alcohol-free drink recipes for other special occasions or special guests.

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Editorial Reviews

The Arizona Republic - Mary Beth Faller
If you want to move beyond the basic frozen margarita, check out 400 Blender Cocktails.
Arlington Advocate - Anne-Marie Seltzer
Can help you turn a simple meal at home or a cocktail party into something special... tips and techniques are also included.
Appleton Post-Crescent - Julie Gilkay
Creative combinations and cheery-looking concoctions photographed throughout the book.
Advice Sisters
400 Blender Cocktails by Alison Kent, Andrew Chase, and Nicole Young has just what it claims: several hundreds recipes for drinks you can make with your blender. While the emphasis is on alcohol libations, there are plenty of modern recipes, such as the Pom Pilot (made with pomegranate juice, brandy and orange liqueur) and the White Cargo, made with vanilla ice cream and gin. There are also 40 non-alcoholic blender drinks mostly made with fruits, sodas or ice cream. All sound delicious, and all are easy to make with ingredients that you can find just about anywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778801429
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Chase is an accomplished chef and food editor as well as the co-author of The Blender Bible. He lives in Toronto.

Alison Kent is an experienced certified chef and writer who has taught extensively. A recipe developer, stylist and writer at a national magazine, she lives in Toronto.

Nicole Young is a recipe developer and food stylist. The author of Blender Baby Food and co-author of The Blender Bible, she lives in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Blender Cocktail Tips
Cocktail Syrups

Brandy and Cognac
Vodka
Rum
Gin
Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch
Tequila
Sparking Wine
Sake
Liqueurs, Aperitifs and More
Mocktails

Index

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Preface

Introduction

Blenders are a wonderful tool at the cocktail bar. They chop ice with ease and blend it into frosty concoctions. They allow you to infuse your drinks with fresh or frozen fruit and use frozen juice concentrates to great effect. Rich, sweet cocktails made with ice cream or sorbet widen and simplify your dessert repertoire. You can spike vegetable or fruit smoothies and pretend you're being health-conscious. The blender opens up the world of cocktail innovation like nothing else.

Invite friends over for a blender cocktail party. Stock your bar and buy some seasonal fruits and various ice creams, sorbets and fruit concentrates, then try some of the drinks from this book. Expand your repertoire with original drinks developed in blender cocktail contests with fellow enthusiasts. Most important, enjoy yourself. Blending cocktails isn't a science and shouldn't be made into an art -- it's just plain fun.

Blender Cocktail Tips

Cleaning Your Blender

To clean your blender, fill it with hot water and let it run for about 1 minute. Then put it in the dishwasher or wash by hand. If your blender base unscrews from the jug, disassemble it, wash the components separately and allow them to dry thoroughly before reassembling. Always rinse your blender between cocktails.

Alcohol Measures

Alcohol is traditionally measured in ounces. Shot glasses are 2-ounce measures, and are often marked with 1- and 1 1/2-ounce measures. One ounce equals 2 tbsp (25 mL); 2 ounces equals 1/4 cup (50 mL). In this book, we use ounce measures for alcoholic beverages and regular cooking measures for non-alcoholic ingredients.

Twists

Cocktails are often garnished with citrus twists, strips of twisted citrus rind. To make a citrus twist, cut a strip of rind from the citrus fruit with a sharp paring knife or a peeler, carefully slicing off the peel without the bitter white pith. Twist the strip over the cocktail to release the pungent, fragrant oils in the peel into your drink, or twist and rub the oils over the rim of the glass.

Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino cherries are an essential garnish for the cocktail bar. If they seem a tad unnatural, it is perhaps because they are: to make them, real cherries are stoned and bleached of color (and most of their taste), then soaked in syrup and bitter almond oil, along with red or green food coloring. It's the almond flavor and the burst of bright color that make them indispensable. For something a bit more natural, during cherry season you can replace maraschino cherries with fresh cherries, each pricked in a few spots with a needle and marinated in almond liqueur (and a splash of kirsch, if you want to be fancy) for 1 to 3 days. Use the leftover marinating liquid as flavoring for your own cocktail inventions.

COCKTAIL SYRUPS

The following syrups are used in recipes throughout the book. Make up a batch of each before your next blender cocktail party so you'll have plenty on hand to use as needed.

Simple Syrup

1 part granulated sugar
1 part water

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a sealable jar or an airtight container. Seal and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Honey Syrup

2 parts honey
1 part boiling water

  1. In a heatproof bowl, stir honey and water until honey is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a sealable jar or an airtight container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Introduction

Introduction

Blenders are a wonderful tool at the cocktail bar. They chop ice with ease and blend it into frosty concoctions. They allow you to infuse your drinks with fresh or frozen fruit and use frozen juice concentrates to great effect. Rich, sweet cocktails made with ice cream or sorbet widen and simplify your dessert repertoire. You can spike vegetable or fruit smoothies and pretend you're being health-conscious. The blender opens up the world of cocktail innovation like nothing else.

Invite friends over for a blender cocktail party. Stock your bar and buy some seasonal fruits and various ice creams, sorbets and fruit concentrates, then try some of the drinks from this book. Expand your repertoire with original drinks developed in blender cocktail contests with fellow enthusiasts. Most important, enjoy yourself. Blending cocktails isn't a science and shouldn't be made into an art -- it's just plain fun.

Blender Cocktail Tips

Cleaning Your Blender

To clean your blender, fill it with hot water and let it run for about 1 minute. Then put it in the dishwasher or wash by hand. If your blender base unscrews from the jug, disassemble it, wash the components separately and allow them to dry thoroughly before reassembling. Always rinse your blender between cocktails.

Alcohol Measures

Alcohol is traditionally measured in ounces. Shot glasses are 2-ounce measures, and are often marked with 1- and 1 1/2-ounce measures. One ounce equals 2 tbsp (25 mL); 2 ounces equals 1/4 cup (50 mL). In this book, we use ounce measures for alcoholic beverages and regular cooking measures for non-alcoholic ingredients.

Twists

Cocktailsare often garnished with citrus twists, strips of twisted citrus rind. To make a citrus twist, cut a strip of rind from the citrus fruit with a sharp paring knife or a peeler, carefully slicing off the peel without the bitter white pith. Twist the strip over the cocktail to release the pungent, fragrant oils in the peel into your drink, or twist and rub the oils over the rim of the glass.

Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino cherries are an essential garnish for the cocktail bar. If they seem a tad unnatural, it is perhaps because they are: to make them, real cherries are stoned and bleached of color (and most of their taste), then soaked in syrup and bitter almond oil, along with red or green food coloring. It's the almond flavor and the burst of bright color that make them indispensable. For something a bit more natural, during cherry season you can replace maraschino cherries with fresh cherries, each pricked in a few spots with a needle and marinated in almond liqueur (and a splash of kirsch, if you want to be fancy) for 1 to 3 days. Use the leftover marinating liquid as flavoring for your own cocktail inventions.

COCKTAIL SYRUPS

The following syrups are used in recipes throughout the book. Make up a batch of each before your next blender cocktail party so you'll have plenty on hand to use as needed.

Simple Syrup

1 part granulated sugar
1 part water

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a sealable jar or an airtight container. Seal and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Honey Syrup

2 parts honey
1 part boiling water

  1. In a heatproof bowl, stir honey and water until honey is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a sealable jar or an airtight container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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