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Cookbook review: Winter Cocktails

Relish Decor Winter Cocktail Cookbook

It’s that time of year. The cold weather is keeping you indoors, making you crave the warmth of a lit fireplace and likely in search of a new winter cocktail. We have the perfect suggestion for you if you’re looking for new cocktail recipes for cold nights, any winter party, or just to enjoy. “Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks” by Maria Del Mar Sacasa is Relish Decor’s go to pick this winter season. There is something for everyone and every occasion. If mixing up a new cocktail sounds like something you want to try, swing by and snag this book for yourself.

Fast Review: Look no further to find your perfect winter cocktail.

The book is written by Maria Del Mar Sacasa and photographed by Tara Striano. They are both heavily involved in the food industry and share a blog that chronicles recipes, photos and stories. “Winter Cocktails” features over a hundred seasonal cocktail recipes and plenty of ideas for hosting the perfect cold weather party.

Who’s Kitchen Would You Find It In:

Cocktail lovers and party planners

Nuts and Bolts:

The “Introduction” gives you a glimpse into why the writer created this book. “The heart of this book may be the recipes, but its soul is the spirit of conviviality that is encouraged in the making and sipping of these special drinks. Stoke the fire, gather close together, and give a toast.” What better way to capture the magical warmth of winter parties? The remaining pages of the “Introduction” provide you with items to have on hand (“Pantry and Fridge Basics” and “The Well-Stocked Bar”) before going into everything you would need to mix the proper cocktail (“A Guide to Tools and Serveware” and “Know Your Glassware”). After ensuring you know everything you need to know, the book gets into the recipes.

Relish Decor Winter Cocktail Cookbook

The book is separated into six main chapters: “Hot Toddies and Mulled Drinks”; “Eggnogg, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea”; “Punches and Pitchers”; “Chilled Winter Cocktails”; “Underpinnings, Infused Liquors, Simple Syrups, Etc.”; and “Small Bites.” Each chapter is well laid out with plenty of information, riffs and tips. If you weren’t already indebted to the author for giving you the perfect winter drink, they also give you plenty of ideas for delightful snacks. This is a book that will inspire you to host a cozy party. Readers can even use the handy ribbon marker to keep their place. The book is made of thick durable paper yet still easy to flip through and the quality of the photography is beautiful. Come by Relish Decor today and flip through this gem of a cocktail guide. We guarantee you’ll want to take one home for yourself (and for that impossible to shop for friend).

What to Make:

From “Hot Toddies and Mulled Drinks”: Applejack Toddy (p. 28), Liquid Gold (p. 39)
From “Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea”: Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog (p. 46), Earl Grey-Lavender Hot Chocolate (p. 54), New Orleans Special (p. 65)
From “Punches and Pitchers”: Orchard Fete (p. 81), Sangria (p. 88)
From “Chilled Winter Cocktails”: Old-Fashioned (p. 99), Affogato Speciale (p. 110)
From “Underpinnings, Infused Liquors, Simple Syrups, Etc”: Rose-Infused Gin or Vodka (p. 123), Lemon-Sage Simple Syrup (p. 127)
From “Small Bites”: Candied Bacon (p. 136), Party Mix (p. 142), Pigs on Cushions (p. 148)

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