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, María 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, María 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 Décor. Together, María 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).
“This intoxicating read features over 100 cold-weather tipples, from seasonal classics to twists on the traditional.”—Saveur.com
“...thoughtfully organized and curated, and with lovely photography and design that elevates it out of a sea of undifferentiated cocktails tomes.”—San Francisco Chronicle “The perfect book for the amateur bartender in the family, this is a collection of over 50 recipes for drinks that warm you up on a cold winter’s night.”—The Oregonian
“These cocktails evoke a cozy fireplace.”—B&N Reads
“This is no ordinary cocktail book - it's a book of cocktails you'd actually want to make. From egg nog varieties to hot chocolates to sangria to classic cocktails, the appeal of these recipes goes beyond winter.”—Palm Beach Post
“There’s a ton of soul-warming goodness in here….Even those who aren’t prepping for a party once the temps drop will find Winter Cocktails to be an entertaining read; it’s hard to not flip through photographer Tara Striano’s stunning images.”—Creative Loafing “…this book contains a set of cocktail recipes meant to keep you warm when your jacket, space heater, and beanie just cant. Containing over 100 seasonal recipes, it is sure be go-to for years to come.”—HiConsumption
“What better way to warm up than from the inside out. Fifty inviting, beautifully photographed drink recipes —just muddle then cuddle the winter blues away.”—Foreword Reviews