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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558326650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558326651
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 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: #532,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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So A.J. has done it again, bringing creative and delicious cocktails to booze aficionados.
Lisa
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.
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I have all of his books now and use them for cocktail recipes and clarification when discussing just what might be in a certain drink.
Dwayne Elmore

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carolyn fuller on November 10, 2011
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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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By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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By Lisa on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So A.J. has done it again, bringing creative and delicious cocktails to booze aficionados. With easy to follow recipes, he introduced me to new spirits and quenched my thirst. it was a Saturday night, okay it was a Tuesday but nevertheless it was time for a drink. I happened to have a recently opened but barely used bottle of St. Germain lying around. I didnt know what to do with the liquor so i flipped to the "Mexican Bouquet". Any drink with St. Germain and tequila can't be bad. and it wasn't. not too sour, with a touch of sweetness, A.J. introduced me to a new favorite. i can hardly wait to flip to the next recipe! a great book all around!
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I love cocktails, but it seemed too overwhelming to make them at home. Prior to reading GBVF, typical gatherings at my place were strictly beer and wine affairs. This book left me excited to mix fancy drinks for a crowd. More than simple love for exotic booze, A.J. Rathbun's enthusiasm for sharing well-made, handcrafted cocktails seems to come from a genuine sense of hospitality that comes through on every page. This author had me imagining gatherings with friends and occasions for sharing while I explored new recipes, rare ingredients, and mixing techniques. Any cocktail made from this book is sure to impress--highly recommended.
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More About the Author

A.J. Rathbun is a food and entertaining writer and poet and the author of Champagne Cocktails, Dark Spirits, Wine Cocktails, Luscious Liqueurs, Party Snacks!, Party Drinks!, the IACP Award-winning Good Spirits, Double Take (in collaboration with chef Jeremy Holt), and editor and contributor for In Their Cups. In addition to his cocktail books and cookbooks, Rathbun is the author of Want, a collection of poems. He lives in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, visit Rathbun's website at www.ajrathbun.com and drink up his blog Spiked Punch (it's lonely, and needs attention).

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