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Wine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers That Show Off Your Reds, Whites, and Roses (50 Series) Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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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?
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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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.Read more ›
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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it has some good recipes in it, but i was looking for recipes made with ONLY wine as a base and alot of these recipes have hard alcohol in them.Published 21 months ago by Helen Linder
This book has great pictures and some interesting ideas for how to spruce up your wine. It's nice for parties. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Gadget Girl
First of all WINE COCKTAILS is a visually inviting book. Practically every recipe-- if that's what you call them-- is accompanied by a stunning color photograph so let's drink to... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Foster Corbin
Wine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers shows you how to prepare great cocktails with your red, white and rose wines.This is a great reference/recipe bokk to have at any Bar.Published on September 28, 2011 by Mona Lisa
When I ordered this book, I expected several variations of sangria, perhaps with a few cocktails using wine instead of harder alcohol. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Smart4
This book is a lot of fun for me - someone who doesn't know much about mixing but hankers for a nice drink beyond juice once in a while - to go through and pick out something new... Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Hanna.w.
I hadn't thought much about wine cocktails in the past, though I'd mixed up all sorts of ad-hoc concoctions. This book is even fun to read (and the pictures are nice, too). Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Glenda Boozer
I'm sure many wine purists would not condone the mixing of wine into "wine cocktails", that striking even a steady alcohol drinker such as myself as a bit of an oxymoron, but I... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Eric Sedensky
I like wine, but I'm not a wine expert. I just know that sometimes I open a bottle and thing "yum" and sometimes I open a bottle and think "yuck. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Michelle R