Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist

by A. J. Rathbun

ISBN-10: 1558323368
ISBN-13: 9781558323360
Region: USA
Publication Date: September, 2007
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The cocktail turned 200 years old in May 2006, but it’s not showing any signs of age. Consumers are spending more than $40 billion each year on spirits, and it seems like there are almost that many drinks to choose from. In Good Spirits, A.J. Rathbun has collected 450 of the best cocktail recipes, featuring an incredible variety of spirits, mixers, and garnishes.  With its stunning, full-color photographs and fresh, lively tone, this is the definitive guide to both classic and contemporary drinks for anyone who appreciates the art of the cocktail. The recipes in Good Spirits are organized by theme, so it’s easy to find the perfect drink for every mood and occasion. The 12 chapters include “Cool It Down” (summer drinks, such as the Bellini and the Gin Fizz), “Gold Standards” (classics such as the Manhattan and the Sidecar), and “Fresh Faces” (creative new drinks, such as the Dublin 8 and Urban Bourbon). Hosting a party? Mix up a bowl of Champagne Punch. Preparing a romantic evening for two? Opt for the Cupid Cocktail or a couple of Silk Stockings.

For anyone who wants to go beyond mixing a few new cocktails and become a home bartender, a thorough introduction provides information on all the different varieties of liquors and mixers, glassware, and essential equipment.

Throughout the book, Rathbun’s unabashed passion for and knowledge of his subject are clear in engaging headnotes and sidebars such as “Four Drinks to Induce Dancing,” “Top Five Movie Star Mixes,” and “Four Drinks Not to Serve the In-laws.” Good Spirits is like the perfect party: the drinks go down easy and everyone, from the casual cocktail drinker to the connoisseur, will have a great time.

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About A. J. Rathbun

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A.J. Rathbun is a freelance food and entertaining writer and poet and the author of Good Spirits (winner of an IACP Cookbook award), Dark Spirits, Wine Cocktails, Luscious Liqueurs, Party Snacks!, Party Drinks!, Double Take (coauthored with Jeremy Holt), Champagne Cocktails, as well as the editor of In Their Cups, and author of the poetry collection Want (a ZYZZYVA first book).  He is a frequent guest on the Everyday Food program (Martha Stewart Living/Sirius satellite radio), and is a contributor to culinary and entertaining magazines such as Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Food Network Magazine, Real Simple, Eating Well, and Wine Enthusiast, among many others, and has had work published in numerous literary magazines. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Museum of the American Cocktail and for years was the co-publisher and editor of the much-missed Seattle literary magazine LitRag.  A.J. lives in Seattle, WA and San Martino, Italy, and invites you to visit his website, where you can read his drinks blog, Spiked Punch, and to visit his Italy blog,

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