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Book Review: Cocktails, Cocktails & More Cocktails by Kester
From Martinis and Manhattans to sparkling Bellinis and fruity, frozen daiquiris, this user-friendly collection of cocktail recipes will turn anyone into an outstanding bartender! Arranged by spirit type and filled with enticing photographs, it’s the perfect introduction to the intimidating world of drink-making.

Hundreds of fabulous concoctions are included, from traditional to trendy, from sophisticated to luscious tropical tastes. All your favorite liquors are here: vodka, gin, rum, whisky, brandy, and even sparkling, celebratory champagne.

Whip up a Bloody Mary for a special brunch or Hot Buttered Rum for a cold winter’s night. Sip a Mint Julep out on the porch, like a true Southerner. Get sexy with a Between the Sheets. Grab some cachaça, limes, and sugar and make a Caipirinha, Brazil’s delicious national drink. Or feel as if you’re down in old Havana with a Cuba Libre or minty Mojito. Plus, there are plenty of punches to enliven any party.

Most of the recipes include several variations to try out, and novices will find a wealth of basic information, including tips on what to drink and when; what equipment, glassware, and ingredients you’ll need; and which techniques you must know —including shaking, muddling, building, and layering. There’s also advice on getting everything ready and what to do when speed is of the essence.

When you want to learn how to mix drinks, this is the beginner’s guide you’ll need.

This turned out to be better than I expected because the book does exactly as it says. It gives you an nicely organized list of cocktails, some of which even include other variations of the drink. Such as Apple Martini which has three versions, one of them is a quick and easy version with less ingredients and effort. Though, not all of the drinks do that. Most of them required a bit of effort and time. It’s also not cheap, especially if fresh fruits, herbs and flavor syrup is needed for your drink of choice.

The book isn’t just listing down all of the recipe for cocktails and how it’s done. It also gives a little bit of background information on it, what other alternative of ingredients you can use, advice and recommendation of what the the author, Kester Thompson prefers to use when it comes to the drink. Speaking of, he is the brand manager for one of Israel’s biggest wineries, and has been a consultant for numerous restaurants and bars. So he definitely knows what he’s talking about and he explain things in a way that it doesn’t go over a beginner’s head.

This could make for a great birthday gift for someone who’s now at the legal age to drink alcohol. However, Kester Thompson does have another book, Mocktails, which is a guide for alcohol-free mixed drinks. I haven’t checked it out, but it may be something that might be of interest to you.

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