Cocktails are always in style, and never more so than during the holidays. With the elegance of your favorite bartender, Holiday Cocktails serves up some of the best recipes for seasonal drinks-drinks to celebrate Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving, Easter and Father's Day and Christmas. The book concentrates on the fun of the mix. Rather than showing off with arcane ingredients, Holiday Cocktails explains how to substitute everyday items for special ingredients and recommends easily available alternatives to cocktail-making and measuring equipment. It demystifies the process of the mix, getting away from the old-fashioned idea that there's only one way to make a drink, and suggests all kinds of variations on each drink. There's also a colorful selection of nonalcoholic recipes.
Doubters should try the following Valentine's Day recipe: Love Hearts1. Discard seeds from 1 watermelon. Scoop flesh into blender.2. Add 5 ice cubes, 2 ounces gin, 1 tablespoon superfine sugar, juice of 1 lime.3. Blend until smooth. 4. Pour into one chilled glass with two straws.5. Sprinkle a few rose petals on top and serve.Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen works as a cookery stylist, food writer, and economist. She is the author of several books on cuisine, including The Book of the Wok, Stir-Fry Dishes, and The Book of Dips and Salsas.