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on November 10, 2011
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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on March 6, 2012
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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on December 19, 2011
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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on April 20, 2012
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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on December 12, 2012
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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on February 18, 2012
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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on July 31, 2014
A J is an amazing writer, mix-ologist and all around funny guy. His book delivers exactly what he says...cocktails made with cordials. 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. Seattle is a better place with A J Rathbun on the hunt for the perfect cocktail. Check out his blog and writings in the Seattle area.
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