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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089593
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A creative collection of 100 recipes for nonalcoholic aperitifs, mocktails, martinis, infusions, wine alternatives, and more, plus food-pairing tips.
* More than one-third of Americans are nondrinkers.
* An innovative resource and gift for party hosts and abstainers of every variety, from pregnant or nursing moms and designated drivers to individuals with religious, medical, or dietary restrictions.

About the Author

Professional chef and caterer LIZ SCOTT is the award-winning author of The Sober Kitchen and Sober Celebrations. A coveted speaker and advocate for the sober community, she lives in Plainfield, New Jersey.THE AUTHOR SCOOP

What is your favorite thing about being an author?I love hearing from readers who tell me how my work has inspired and encouraged them on their path of sobriety and good health. Just a few of those types of letters make all the hard work worthwhile.Are you "six degrees of separation" away from anyone famous?When I was working as a personal chef, one of my clients was John Guare, the playwright of ”Six Degrees of Separation.” Does that count?Favorite dessert?I adore a really good cannoli.What food could you not live without?PizzaHow do you cheer yourself up when you're feeling down?Whenever I’m feeling like I need rejuvenation, I go out in my backyard and enjoy all of nature’s gifts. I’m an avid gardener and backyard birder and have lots of feeders set up and flowers growing that attract a variety of birds and critters who never fail to put a smile back on my face.

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It has great ideas for those who can add the alcohol and/or smoothies.
roberta eppler
It was great to have the bartender provide some of the recipes to guests.
Josie... NOT a Pussycat!!!!!
The author does a great job of explaining ingredients and substitutes.
praxeum

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This pretty little recipe book is meant for two main audiences: those who don't like the taste of alcohol (some of us are quite sensitive to it), and those who can't drink it (for example, those whose religions forbid it). This way, those who find themselves longing for the intricate and interesting taste experiences that alcohol drinkers can enjoy can get in on the fun. Some of the recipes are meant to duplicate the flavors of existing drinks or alcohols for people who can't drink alcohol but enjoy it, while other recipes are simply meant to be delicious drinks in their own right rather than knock-offs of existing cocktails. Some drinks come with suggestions for substituting in alcohol for those who want to make two drink versions for their drinking and non-drinking guests. For those people who can't touch a drop of alcohol, there are great tips to help you watch out for "hidden" alcohol content in some ingredients you might otherwise think to use.

When I think of "cocktails" I tend to think of things like margaritas and martinis, but Liz Scott has taken a much wider view on the term! She has divided her book into five types of drinks: elixirs and aperitifs, martinis and party cocktails, mealtime libations, dessert drinks, and nightcaps. She includes a foreword on ingredients and equipment that's quite thorough, even addressing things like the fact that "alcohol-free" wine and beer can legally contain up to 0.5% of alcohol--an important detail for those for whom alcohol is a matter of prohibition, not taste. Many of the recipes come with gorgeous photographs that will certainly whet your appetite!

Elixirs and aperitifs are meant as before-dinner drinks, and were originally created as medicinal beverages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Badseed1980 on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have a friend who always loved a good cocktail, but who had stopped drinking alcohol. When he was moving out of state, I had him over for dinner, and cooked for him, serving each course with a mocktail from this book (actually, now that I remember, I did make up one of the mocktails, but it was inspired by some of the recipes). There are mock versions of classic cocktails (Bloody Mary, Negroni, Bellini, Pimm's Cup, etc.) and other options like flavored waters and herbal teas. I loved the Shampagne Cocktail, which made sparkling grape juice seem much more sophisticated. I also found the Bittersweet Chocolatini to be more satisfyingly rich and chocolatey than a real chocolate martini. My friend loved them too, and I gave him a copy of the book as a going-away present. He's been delighted with the recipes he's made from it since then.

Some of these recipes can be a bit involved, especially those that require you to make up syrups or infusions in advance. That said, the procedures themselves are simple and well-explained. Some of the ingredients may be hard to find for some people, though in a major metropolitan area, most of them are easily available. One exception, however, is the Sanbittèr soda the author uses in her mock Negroni, the Campari Pom Fizz. I'd really been looking forward to making that one for my friend, since he's the only other person I know who adores (adored) Negronis. After searching all over Boston, though, an Italian grocer in the North End told me that San Pellegrino has stopped marketing that particular soda in the U.S. Their other sodas are still sold in stores here, but not Sanbittèr. You'll have to buy it online if you want it (Amazon has it for $12 for a 10-pack of 3.4 ounce bottles).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constance Smith on November 23, 2013
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This book has easy to follow recipes with lots with readily available ingredients and little or no special equipment needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By roberta eppler on December 21, 2012
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Ordered to go along with a beverage server for holiday gift for 'non alcohol drinking' friends. Perfect! It has great ideas for those who can add the alcohol and/or smoothies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VdubMama82 on February 9, 2012
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I was excited to try some new drinks without alcohol, and these were fun to try over the holidays. Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to just drink water and/or sparkling cider anymore. Get creative and festive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tere on December 30, 2011
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Good book. Still I would have loved if it had more pictures in it. Hundreds of good mixes for non-alcoholic beverages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ctmusiclover on August 15, 2013
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I've made a few recipes so far and they have been flavorful and refreshing. Of course they are different from their alcohol filled counterparts, but if you need to obstain, this is definitely the fun way to go! I've inspired others who can't drink for one reason or another to give it a try, so they won't fill so different at gatherings.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By praxeum on March 13, 2013
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My wife grew up in a home where alcohol caused a lot of problems. When I married her I promised I would never touch it so she would not have to worry about the cycle being repeated. But alas, having a cocktail here and there, relaxing with a drink when one gets home from work - those could be considered some of the finer things in life. This book has brought the bar back into our lives. We mix drinks all the time now and don't worry about anything. The author does a great job of explaining ingredients and substitutes. Well worth it. We have stocked our cupboards with all sorts of mixers and ingredients. For the rest of us who do not drink alcohol for whatever reason, this book allows us to enjoy a refreshing drink and explore new flavors without consuming any.
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