Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

by Kat Odell
Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

by Kat Odell


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The perfect way to spend an afternoon!

When the occasion calls for a drink, but not getting drunk, mix up a batch of day drinks - creative, low-alcohol cocktails that are festive, delicious, and easy on the booze. Using beer, wine, cider, sake, sherry, and vermouth, plus a variety of amari and other liqueurs, here are 50 light drinks for hot days, warm drinks for cool days, and an abundance of classic - and reimagined - spritzers, sangrias, micheladas, and so much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761193203
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kat Odell is a food journalist and the entrepreneur behind the plant-based food and drink brand Unicorn Foods. Odell was the editor of Eater L.A. for five years and the editor of Eater Drinks for the last two years. She has been published in Vogue, New York Times T Magazine, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bon Appétit, among others. She has also made appearances as a judge and expert at a variety of food-related events, and her first book, Day Drinking, came out in spring 2017. Kat Odell and Unicorn Food can be found at @kat_odell and @unicornfoods.

Read an Excerpt

Cocktail Basics: Bar Tools, Equipment, and Useful Ingredients

The great thing about learning how to make drinks, as compared with learning how to cook, is that the tools of the trade are relatively inexpensive. Sure, you can score a pricey Japanese gold cocktail shaker on a website like Cocktail Kingdom, but you really don’t need one. Which is what I love about drinks. Unlike food (which, come on, I love, too!), where you need at least a set of pots and pans and basic utensils for the process, you can pretty much mix up a drink with a cup and a spoon.

Herein you’ll find a guide to the implements, intoxicants, and pantry items that will help you create the concoctions in this book. If you don’t have everything on the list, don’t sweat it. Again, most any cocktail can be improvised with common kitchen equipment.

Tools and Equipment
Any craft requires tools, and following is a list of gadgets that are helpful in building the drinks in this book. Some will sound familiar, while others may seem obscure. None is absolutely make-or-break essential, but they’ll certainly come in handy.

Table of Contents


Introduction   1

Cocktail Basics
Bar Tools, Equipment, and Useful Ingredients   7

Summer Lovin'
Light Drinks for Hot Days   35

But First, A Cocktail
Classic and Creative Apertifs   81

Warm Me Up
Spiked Coffees, Toddies, and Other Hot Drinks   119

Party-Friendly Potations   145

Wildcard Cocktails 
Unexpected Liquors to Taste and Explore   171

Buzz-Free Beverages
Mocktails in Which You Don't Miss the Booze   209

Conversion Tables  229

Index   230
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