Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails!

Overview

From Martinis and Manhattans to sparkling Bellinis and fruity, frozen daiquiris, this user-friendly collection of cocktail recipes will turn anyone into an outstanding bartender! Arranged by spirit type and filled with enticing photographs, it’s the perfect introduction to the intimidating world of drink-making.

Hundreds of fabulous concoctions are included, from traditional to trendy, from sophisticated to luscious tropical tastes. All your ...

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Overview

From Martinis and Manhattans to sparkling Bellinis and fruity, frozen daiquiris, this user-friendly collection of cocktail recipes will turn anyone into an outstanding bartender! Arranged by spirit type and filled with enticing photographs, it’s the perfect introduction to the intimidating world of drink-making.

Hundreds of fabulous concoctions are included, from traditional to trendy, from sophisticated to luscious tropical tastes. All your favorite liquors are here: vodka, gin, rum, whisky, brandy, and even sparkling, celebratory champagne.

Whip up a Bloody Mary for a special brunch or Hot Buttered Rum for a cold winter’s night. Sip a Mint Julep out on the porch, like a true Southerner. Get sexy with a Between the Sheets. Grab some cachaça, limes, and sugar and make a Caipirinha, Brazil’s delicious national drink. Or feel as if you’re down in old Havana with a Cuba Libre or minty Mojito. Plus, there are plenty of punches to enliven any party.

Most of the recipes include several variations to try out, and novices will find a wealth of basic information, including tips on what to drink and when; what equipment, glassware, and ingredients you’ll need; and which techniques you must know —including shaking, muddling, building, and layering. There’s also advice on getting everything ready and what to do when speed is of the essence.

When you want to learn how to mix drinks, this is the beginner’s guide you’ll need.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Given that there are about 100 recipes in this handy beginner’s guide, the title is perhaps a tad overenthusiastic. The author, though, is apparently not to blame as Imagine’s list also includes such works as Cookies, Cookies & More Cookies, and Cupcakes, Cupcakes & More Cupcakes. Thompson seems an international man of mystery, described as a brand manager for a large yet unnamed Israeli winery and a consultant for numerous yet unnamed bars and restaurants. He also “completed a course at the Absolut Akademi in Sweden, and is qualified to train bartenders worldwide.” His style is relaxed and conversational as he provides the basics for potent potables both well-known and wild. An odd first chapter of mixed drinks offers such obscure libations as a brandy daisy and a sherry cobbler alongside old favorites like eggnog and the whisky sour. Champagne cocktails get their own chapter, which includes a Russian spring punch made with muddled raspberries, while other chapters handle two liquors at a time (“Vodka & Gin,” “Tequila & Rum,” “Brandy & Whisky”). There is a tribute to the classic dry martini as well as recipes for eight flavored variations including melon, cucumber, and a lovingly photographed watermelon and basil. And for a nightcap, there’s a grasshopper with sleep-inducing heavy cream, crème de menthe, and crème de cacao. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623540364
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,431,240
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kester Thompson is the brand manager for one of Israel’s biggest wineries, and has been a consultant for numerous restaurants and bars. He completed a course at the Absolut Akademi in Sweden, and is qualified to train bartenders worldwide.
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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Great 21st birthday gift!

    I got this for my sister for her 21st birthday, and it was a great choice! It had tons of recipes, and we want to try them all! It includes some background information about the history of the drinks, as well, which we found interesting. Definitely a good choice for a first cocktail book.

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