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"It’s a joy to have this cocktail connoisseur come over to our side to play. Wine lovers everywhere will enjoy mixing up a party with A.J.’s guidance."

—Steve Michener, winemaker, Trio Vintners

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

  • Series: 50 Series
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558324070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558324077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. A. Boswell VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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This review is for A. J. Rathbun's Wine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers That Show Off Your Reds, Whites, and Roses (part of the 50 Series). The recipes in this book are easy to interpret, clearly presented, and accompanied by gorgeous color photos of the final product. The author also vividly describes the taste of the cocktail, almost to the point that the reader can almost taste it! This book makes me want to try every one of the recipes, which is a very good thing in my opinion.
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I never thought about doing much with wine, other than pouring it into my glass and letting it breathe. I am not a wine expert by any means but there were many fun and tasty wine cocktails in this book. The recipes range from complex to simple. I recommend the vanilla-pear mimosa - (or make it a mom-osa which is all I can drink right about now) - delish!

4 stars because I wish that less recipes mixed with other alcohol. We all know what happens when you drink wine all night and then go out and have some tequila shots. So - why do I want to mix the two in a cocktail?
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A 96-page cookbook that reads like a magazine; credit Melissa Punch for impulse purchases as her photography stars in this lightweight mixology entry.

A.J. Rathbun and The Harvard Common Press produced two great bartending books. I wrote five-star ratings for Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist released in 2007 and Dark Spirits: 200 Classy Concoctions Starring Bourbon, Brandy, Scotch, Whiskey, Rum and More released in 2009.

The former came in at 484 pages, a weighty tome that fit better atop a coffee table than crammed between barware. Good Spirits eschewed the standard bartending book organization by alcohol type in favor of separating the 450 recipes into 12 chapters like Unburied Treasures (great old drinks lost to the years), Pacifying a Crowd (punches) and Fresh Faces (newer creations). Rathbun splashed humor in the recipes and sidebars of obscure facts, drink-related prose and bar talk.

Good Spirits won the 2008 Food Photography and Styling Category from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, recognizing the mouth-watering work of photographer Melissa Punch and food stylist Brian Preston-Campbell.

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I've seen this book offered for awhile, and because the subject seemed outdated I hesitated before finally selecting to review it. Wine cocktails seem to be from a forgotten era while the cover is reminiscent of the 1970's. However, I've read and enjoyed the concoctions within A.J. Rathbun's Dark Spirits so I decided to be adventurous.

Wine Cocktails is a 96 page book which provides 50 recipes using wine as a major ingredient. Once past the introductions and Wine Cocktail Basics, four chapters of enticing photos and tempting recipes follow then ends with a measurement equivalent chart. The recipe chapters cover reds and rosés, white wine, bubbly, and after dinner drinks. Recipes included well known cocktails such as Sangria and the Kir Royale, as well as lesser known libations like the Gong and Cabernet Crusta. Each recipe begins with a brief paragraph about the cocktail and is typically followed by a quote, notation, or both.

After thumbing through this book, I've determined I'm a bit of a wine snob. White wine seems suitable for mixing, while blending delicious reds and my beloved port into cocktails seem sacrilege. The images are beautifully photographed using 70s style props and are reminiscent of those found in gourmet magazines such as Bon Appétit. I'm not only faced with apprehensions of mixing wine cocktails, but these images make me wonder if I'm being asked to revive a long forgotten tradition. Some of the recipes are noted to come from books printed as far back as the mid 1800's, or more recently from the 40s and 50s. Perhaps this is A.J.
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I like wine. I mean, I like plain wine, not adulterated with other things -though, I expect I'd make an exception for sangria. Because of that opinion, I never would have purchased this book on my own. But now that I read it, I must admit it appeals to me, and I have been experimenting more with wine than I would have thought possible, previously.

That said, because I am such a fan of his other two books ("Good Spirits" and "Dark Spirits") I was a little let down -I didn't think this book was as enjoyable as his other ones. Don't buy this book thinking it is part of that collection; it is much smaller and doesn't really go with the others. Instead, I'd say it is a bit of light reading, and might make a good gift for the wine lover who thinks he or she has everything -because they might not have thought of mixing wine with other things before.

The book is filled with beautifully photographed drinks. Each one is a delight. (About half of the drinks have photos. More would have been nice, but it is a small book --96 pages.)

The drinks DO require a lot of bar materials and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Not likely you'd have many of these ingredients on hand, on any given day, but if you were making them for a party you could probably find them or go through the effort to make them. Come to think of it, many of these drinks would be VERY well suited for parties -off the beaten path, tasty, and different.

Recommended as a gift, or if you want to experiment.
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