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The Ultimate Guide to Pitcher Drinks: Cool Cocktails for a Crowd Kindle Edition

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Big barbecue events call for pitcherfuls of drinks to wash down all those spicy meats. Sharon Tyler Herbst comes to the rescue with The Ultimate Guide to Pitcher Drinks. Anyone who has a crowd of guests with thirsts to quench will find lots of inspiration here to keep a party well lubricated. Nearly half the volume consists of definitions of drink terms, ingredients, techniques, and garnishes, which make it ideal for reference. Drinks range from martinis and cosmopolitans through tropical favorites to sweet and ultracreamy concoctions. There are a few nonalcoholic libations. Popular Long Island iced tea appears, but not the celebrated Fish House Punch. Mark Knoblauch
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From the Inside Flap

In the mood for a Summer Hummer?
How about a French Flirt or a Neon Nexus?
or Maybe even a Sin City Slider?


This book includes these and 150 more cool cocktails for a crowd?everything from classics like Sangría, Martinis, and Manhattans, to newer favorites like Kamikazes and Mudslides, to international raves such as Brazil?s Caipirinha and Cuba?s Mojito, not to mention liquor-free variations. Plus, there?s information on mixing techniques, ingredients, equipment, and glassware, hangover helpers, tips on party food for non-cooks, and a user-friendly index that lists recipes by ingredients.

Serving pitcher drinks is an ingeniously effortless way to entertain and still have fun at your own party. It?s an idea whose time has come?in fact, it?s long overdue. No doubt about it, a premixed pitcher of drinks is a huge asset to any gathering. Making individual cocktails not only takes time, but removes you from the action. So mix up a batch of pitcher drinks and join in the party. They?re stylish, fun, and easy, and they definitely take the angst out of entertaining!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1407 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (April 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027MJTQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sharon Tyler Herbst is the award-winning author of twelve books on food and wine, and the foremost writer of culinary reference books, including the bestselling Food Lover's Companion and Food Lover's Tiptionary.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Host on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book not only has great drink recipes but some of the best drinking quotes I have ever seen. Useful and entertaining what could be better? Well worth owning for sure.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crazy for Cocktails on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Maybe "Dracula Fan" needed some more blood in his bloody mary-something to nourish his rather small brain. Okay, I'm sorry to get personal, but his (or her) review just doesn't track.

This book seriously rocks! I've made most of the drinks in it over the past year . . . they're not only super EASY, but FUN and DELICIOUS! And as for the "no pictures" remark, well most of us haven't needed pictures to understand things since grade school-the recipes here are crystal clear. Besides, smart people know that photos pump up the price, and this book has 150 recipes for a very reasonable $10.36 (Amazon price). Yes, this book is small (5 x 7 inches), but it's packed not only with great recipes, but with loads of other information-from definitions of liqueurs and liquors, to measurement equivalents, to garnish ideas, and so on.

Too bad a dead-head review can knock down the rating of such a good book. I'm giving it 5 stars and it deserves it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Talia Sloboda on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have tried the mojito, soo refreshing! The rum rush punch and hurricane are tropical and I went through three batchs in one hour at a football party!! I'm going to try so many more. Good book for people who like to mkae big batchs of drinks for friends!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on September 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
By Bill Marsano. "Pitcher Drinks: Cool Cocktails for a Crowd," by Sharon Tyler Herbst makes it clear that, frankly, there are few ways to have more fun than to slip into Margaritas-for-the-Mob Mode, which can mean mixing drinks in stock pots, buckets and if necessary washtubs (stirring with paddles is optional, but plenty of ice is mandatory). Herbst, an award-winning author of numerous books in the hospitality realm, is smart and reliable (the TV quiz "Jeopardy" uses her books as reference works). There are plenty of recipes, a good glossary of drink and bar terms, useful measuring equivalents, hangover cures for emergency use (she recommends not overdoing to begin with, which is always smart advice, so be sure to read her chapter on How to Light Up the Party Without Getting Lit), hints on what she blithely calls Garnishes and Fandangos, and more. In short, this book is all you'll need to get well started on the road to quality fun for quantities of friends. --Bill Marsano is a James Beard Award-winning writer on wines and spirits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I got this book specifically to help with a large party. I'm a booze novice, so I didn't want to be mixing drinks all night with no clue what I was doing. This book gave me a great way to provide ample libations for all, and still have time to mingle and chat. It was a blast. I only made drinks from the "Easy Does It" list (low alcohol). I got compliments all around, and there was plenty for everyone.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By graybeard on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't know where "Dracula Fan" was coming from with his/her 1-star review. Maybe the reviewer wanted to knock down the rating of this excellent book for some reason. Or maybe he or she is someone who has trouble following clear, concise recipes--after all, the reviewer can't even spell "recipes." I love this book--it's fun, stylish, and not at all hard to read. No, it doesn't have pictures, but it doesn't need them. The recipes are easy, VERY clear and every one makes perfect sense. More to the point, the drinks TASTE good and every single one we've made have been a huge hit with friends and family.
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By Kara Craig on March 18, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was very informative. I learned a lot about different ingredients, which made it better when reading the recipes. I have only tried the Hurricane so far, but will try many more concoctions from this neat little book. I liked it so well I bought it after checking it out of the library.
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