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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589796780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589796782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Peter Joseph tears the bed sheets off a most neglected class of entertainment, that of the bibulous brunch. Peter approaches his subject with the sense and sensibility of a scholar and the astute consideration of a seasoned son of Bacchus! Any revelation of a new cocktail opportunity ought to be met with a Pulitzer nomination, if not one from Dr. Nobel—speech, Mr. Joseph, speech!

(Ted Haigh, author of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully put together, Boozy Brunch is a refreshing quaff, indeed. (Gary Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology)

This is an erudite, entertaining and encyclopedic tour through boozy breakfasts and brunches, written with great charm and chastening knowledge of cocktails, sprinkled with humorous quotations and excellent photography that will appeal to even the glassiest-eyed pre-noon imbiber. (Milton Crawford, author of The Hungover Cookbook)

It’s great to have a new take on brunch drinks, and Joseph includes plenty of recipes for the novice as well as more elaborate and original cocktails. Anyone interested in including alcoholic beverages in daytime entertaining will appreciate this book.
(Library Journal)

Given the range of recipes here, hosts and guests alike will be happily measuring out mornings and afternoons with coffee spoons and cocktail stirrers.
(Publishers Weekly)

Moving beyond Blood Marys and Irish coffee, a new book turns the weekend's daytime drinking tradition into an art form.
(The Advocate)

The book is written in a jaunty style that doesn’t entirely take itself seriously, mixing up quips, scoops of information, trivia, recipes and quite a few laughs into the book equivalent of a cocktail shaker before giving it a damn good shake.
(Yum Magazine)

Drinking before the evening doesn't make one a drunk if you show the right tastes. "Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to Daytime Drinking" is a bartending guide from Peter Joseph as he presents a daytime array of alcoholic beverages one can create for a bit of classy daytime drinking, bringing variations into coffee and tea, in addition to fruit and vegetable mixes as well. "Boozy Brunch" is a strong addition to any cookbook or general bartending collection.

(Midwest Book Review)

Peter Joseph's Boozy Brunch is the weekend companion you've been dreaming of. Whether your tastes run toward a Champagne cocktail, a Bartender's Breakfast, or a Salty Dog, you'll find the right match for your kind of Sunday morning.
(Beth Fish Reads Blog)

Joseph has concocted over 100 new recipes that are sure to jolt you awake in the morning.
(Wine Enthusiast)

Drinking before the evening doesn't make one a drunk if you show the right tastes. Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to Daytime Drinking is a bartending guide from Peter Joseph, [who] presents a[n] array of alcoholic beverages one can create for a bit of classy daytime drinking, bringing variations . . . to coffee and tea in addition to fruit and vegetable mixes. . . . Boozy Brunch is a strong addition to any cookbook or general bartending collection.
(Midwest Book Review)

Classic and contemporary cocktail recipes for breakfast parties in a pretty and colorful hardcover. Joseph suggests food pairings, provides drink histories, and sprinkles cocktail quotes like sugar on the rim.
(Booklist, Starred Review)

[T]he perfect gift for the lush who has everything.
(Las Vegas Weekly)

Great for new twists on old cocktails and also the classic oldies, but always goodies. . . . I’m also now prepared to drink more than a mimosa before noon.
(SugarLoco.com)

About the Author

Peter Joseph has written about cocktails and pop culture for Flavorwire, Lost Magazine, and Popmatters. In between brunches, he is an editor in New York. He lives in Brooklyn.

Salma Khalil was born in Alexandria, Egypt and received her MFA in Photography at the Pratt Institute in New York. She has shown her work around the US, including at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, and Umbrella Arts and PS122 Gallery in New York City. Learn more at www.salmatkhalil.com.

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And, the bacon gave the perfect savory compliment to the chocolaty pancakes with real maple syrup.
Tricia Fields
Joseph's book makes you think of a cocktail brunch as something fun and edifying--a gathering of witty friends imbibing tasty drinks and eating good food.
Noble M. Smith
Despite the frivolity and informality this is a book that is really full of great information and recipes.
I. Darren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Noble M. Smith on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've always loved the idea of afternoon cocktails, ever since I was a teenager and my uncle took me to the famous Raffles Hotel Bar in Singapore where I ogled at all the smartly dressed people sipping their famous Gin Slings. With Boozy Brunch, Peter Joseph has written a swanky book about cocktails that makes drinking at luncheon seem just as splendidly louche as the scene at that fancy hotel. There are many delicious concoctions in Boozy Brunch, some are simple, some more complicated, but all are fascinating mixture of tastes, colors and textures with the occasional wild ingredient (Cocoa Puffs! Bacon!).

Joseph's book makes you think of a cocktail brunch as something fun and edifying--a gathering of witty friends imbibing tasty drinks and eating good food. It's the young hip Brooklyn Bunch as opposed to the old debauched Rat Pack. Joseph wants to help you create an atmosphere of good nature where conversation flows, helped along by a little fancy liquid lubrication. The book also includes recipes for things like egg and cheese strata as well as handy instructions for making your own simple syrup (a key ingredient in many of the drinks) and orgeat syrup--essential for a proper Mai Tai. The text is written in a spirited voice with a wry (or should I say rye?) wit. His introduction to hangover cures is hilarious.

You can start out really easy with the mixes in Boozy Brunch and work your way up to something more time consuming to prepare. The first thing I made was a Bellini (peach puree and prosecco) which took about five minutes. My wife and I thought it was delish. I'm looking forward to a Suffering Bastard which appeals to me not only for its Monty Pythonesque name but because it calls for dark rum and overproof rum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bluehose1 on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The drinks in this book contain a well-done background research and some original drinks to sample. The food items are also relatively unique and not too difficult to pull off. The extensive section on the Bloody Mary and varitions thereof is fun to read and an excellent resource. This may not be the most in-depth book on morning food and drink in existence, but it is fun and thoughtful. It might almost be worth picking up just for the Champagne Punch and Irish Coffee variations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald McClusky on October 29, 2012
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As someone who appreciates a good cocktail but is a little leery of the knowledge and cost needed to make them myself, I am glad I bought this book. It is a great reference for making robust, delicious drinks. Also, there's a lot of general cocktail knowledge in the book that can be carried over into multiple variations of the preparations presented. And the food recipes were a pleasant surprise! This book makes me excited to get up early on the weekends.
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By I. Darren on January 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In these more health-conscious, abstentious times this little book tends to cock-a-snook at the norms and, gasp, positively encourages (sensible) daytime alcohol consumption!
In a jovial, light-hearted style backed up by some great recipes and fascinating nuggets of information, the author has crammed in over 100 drinks recipes and 25 foods that are `paired' to alcoholic beverages to give a little variation to your libation. Setting out to free the social tippler from the tired-old, champagne-based, coffee-based, or fruit or vegetable juice-based cocktails the author also hopes to `help' you make the most of your brunch or whatever meal you might be considering.
For those who indulge a little too enthusiastically, there are also some hangover cures, their efficacy not guaranteed.
The book is written in a jaunty style that doesn't entirely take itself seriously, mixing up quips, scoops of information, trivia, recipes and quite a few laughs into the book equivalent of a cocktail shaker before giving it a damn good shake. The result is one of those books that can be a great gift for someone you know not to be an absolutist or teetotaller and, of course, it can help expand your alcoholic education (before any degradation that may follow due to over-consumption of various core ingredients).
Despite the frivolity and informality this is a book that is really full of great information and recipes. It doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike many of those thick tomes detailing the one and only way you can make an authentic version of cocktail X (invariably these books seem to come with a lot of pretension and perceived grandeur). Maybe this book serves as a great introduction to the enthusiastic tippler who wants to try something new but doesn't know where to turn.
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More About the Author

Peter Joseph has written about cocktails and pop culture for Flavorwire, Lost Magazine, and Popmatters. In between brunches, he is an editor at Thomas Dunne Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.