When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it's time to gather with friends for drinks that ll put a rosy glow on your cheeks. In "Winter Cocktails," Maria del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 100 seasonal recipes for cold-weather cocktails, like Hot Buttered Rum, English Christmas Punch, Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog, Irish Coffee, Coquito, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, the Old-Fashioned (and the New-Fangled ), Mama's Remedy, and the Kentucky Baby. Detailed, in-depth chapters cover hot toddies, mulled wines, and mulled ciders; spiked hot chocolates, eggnogs, coffees, and teas; punches and pitchers for serving a crowd; and chilled winter cocktails that have a magical warming effect. Foolproof recipes for infused liquors, simple syrups, and from-scratch ingredients like Fresh Tomato Juice and Homemade Sour Mix make it easy to craft drinks from the bottom up. Plus, you ll find ideas for elegant cocktail party bites that make pairing drinks and snacks a snap. Party prep is a breeze thanks to guides to pantry and fridge basics, the well-stocked bar, must-have tools, serveware, and glassware, plus tips for sourcing local and hard-to-find ingredients. Beautiful and instructive step-by-step photos explain essential techniques like muddling, prepping garnishes, making ice molds, and opening champagne. Whether you re throwing a party, lounging at a ski lodge, camping on a mountain, or just curling up with a good book on a blustery night, "Winter Cocktails" is sure to make the season bright.
About the Author
A graduate of the International Culinary Center, Maria Del Mar Sacasa is a writer, food stylist, and recipe developer who has worked for "Vogue," "Lucky," and "Cook s Country." Her styling work has appeared in numerous print publications, TV commercials, product packaging, and cookbooks. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Tara Striano is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU. Her photography has been featured in publications such as "House Beautiful, " "O," "The Oprah Magazine," "Garnet Hill," and "Elle Decor." Together, Maria del Mar and Tara share recipes, photos, and stories from their lives behind the scenes of the food industry on their blog, "Cookin & Shootin " (www.cookinandshootin.com)."