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Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz: A Cocktail Lover's Guide to Mixing Drinks Using New and Classic Liqueurs Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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About the Author

A. J. Rathbun is a freelance food and entertaining writer and the author of Champagne Cocktails, Wine Cocktails, Dark Spirits, Luscious Liqueurs, Party Drinks!, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award-winning Good Spirits. Rathbun earned his MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University, and has worked variously as a buyer for Amazon.com, an usher at the Art Institute of Chicago, a rock band roadie, an envelope stuffer, a marketing assistant, the director of the Poetry After Hours program at the Seattle Art Museum, an online editor, a waiter, and of course, a bartender. In addition to his cookbooks, Rathbun is the editor of In Their Cups and the author of Want, two poetry collections. Rathbun has been a guest, talking about drinks, food, entertaining, and kitchen products, on numerous radio shows, including Martha Stewart's Everyday Food satellite radio program and USA Radio, has done interviews with a variety of publications, including the Seattle Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Arizona Republic, and has contributed to the magazines Every Day with Rachael Ray and Wine Enthusiast, among others. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Museum of the American Cocktail. He teaches cocktail classes at the cooking school Dish It Up, one of which was recently profiled in the magazine Traditional Homes. Rathbun lives in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about him and his books, and to read his blog, Spiked Punch, and check out a few of his drink-making videos, visit his website at www.ajrathbun.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558326650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558326651
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Moyer on December 12, 2012
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I really liked reading the recipes and looking at the pictures in this book which I originally received as a gift and in turn 'gifted' to two other people. One of them, my favorite bartender and the other my daughter-in-law who makes her own liquors, both of them really liked it. While the recipes sound like lots of fun, the ingredients are somewhat exotic and not readily available in our state controlled liquor stores. My only wish would be that acceptable substitutions had been given. This might be a great gift if accompanied by one of the aforementioned, exotic spirits.
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Wow! more than I bargained for, had other books by the author, saw the title ...and the Violet Fizz, I love to garden, have violets in the yard, planned to make drinks for gardening friends. Beautiful pictures, easy to follow directions, loved the quotes, a mix of simple to sophisticated
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This isn't just a collection of yummy liqueur-based cocktail recipes. "Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz" also weaves a compelling narrative throughout its pages regarding the history behind these drinks and their various components. Rathbun tells theses libations' tales in a voice that is a combo of master mixologist and seasoned storyteller topped off with a twist. Definitely a good addition to any cocktail lover's library. Oh, and the pictures are pretty, too!
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I got this book after meeting the author at the release party downtown at Rob Roy's where they were making some of his drinks from the book. I love complex whiskey and rye based cocktails but I never have some of the special liquors in my own bar and to be honest was a bit intimidated to try to make them myself. I bought a copy to give as a gift to my brand new fiances family for the holidays and bravely planed to make 2 cocktails from the book. I was unfamiliar with some of the liquor selections, I wrote the author and he walked me through them and gave me possible alternative ingredients for the ones I could not find readily available in New Jersey. They turned out great and were the smash of the party, literally. AJ is kind of a Seattle icon and we love his drinks and his writing style. This is a unique selection of drinks with some classics everyone has heard of and some new twists and concepts for very tasty beverages. Dig it a lot.
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