Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails!
By: Kester Thompson
Every drink for every day for every occasion.
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, whiskey, 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.
Drink up! Try these concoctions.plus variations. Brandy Alexander * Stinger * Bellini * Black Velvet * Buck's Fizz * Kir Royale * Singapore Sling * Tom Collins * White Lady * Bahama Mama * Daiquiri * Planter's Punch * Zombie * Long Island Iced Tea * and of course, a classic dry Martini! And so many more!
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Kester Thompson, 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.
Read more about Kester.
I love reading books filled with cocktail recipes. Some of them are fun because they're so bad -- every other drink calls for sweet and sour or pina colada mix or some other vile bottled substance. But the good ones are good because they contain real recipes for delicious drinks that a person with a little knowledge and enthusiasm can make at home.
Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails, I'm happy to say, falls into the latter category. Kester Thompson is a brand ambassador for an Israeli winery and a consultant to bars and restaurants. It's clear from the recipes and commentary in this book that he's a man who knows his stuff.
As the title would suggest, Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails is composed mostly of recipes. There's a little bit about bar tools and technique, but not much. The book also isn't heavy on photographs, so if you want to see pictures of all the drinks, this isn't the book for you. (Note: the book does have some photos. But not of each drink.)
There are recipes for a hundred or so cocktails, including all the classics (Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri), along with some nice Tiki drinks (Zombie, Planter's Punch), and even a handful of drinks using cachaça, which was nice to see. (I still haven't mixed up any cachaça drinks, but I'll get around to it one of these days.) He also has a solid recipe for the Mai Tai, a drink that most people butcher.
I didn't find anything that was new or exciting in this. But to be fair, I've read a lot of cocktail books. For those with less experience, there are plenty of good recipes contained in Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails that you will enjoy making.
Here's one I whipped up last night:
Shake with ice:
2 oz Dark or Navy Rum
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream
Strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top.
A solid recipe for a delicious drink. I did change it a little, upping the rum a touch and using two different types of rum in order to get a more complex flavor. I also added a little cinnamon on top along with the nutmeg. But as written, this is an excellent cocktail.
The main drawback to this book is its size and format. This isn't a book that you want sitting on your counter so you can flip through it and mix up a cocktail. It's too big and too nice for that. This is a book that sits on your shelf. So if you want to make one of the recipes, you're probably going to have to copy it down first.
Other than that, this is a useful, well made volume that deserves a place in your collection.
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