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Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes

Try these alcoholic cocktail recipes with their easy instructions and ingredients like pumpkin bourbon eggnog with a review of the winter cocktails book

These alcoholic cocktail recipes are great all year round to add a bit of sparkle to your party. Included in the reviews below are links that take you to pages that show you how to easily make these at home.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

Winter Cocktails

Like the blending of two key ingredients food writer Maria Del Mar Sacasa and photographer Tara Striano make the perfect combination for a visual and tasty treat. Using their years of experience writing and taking pictures for publications like Cook's Country, The Oprah Magazine and Vogue they have produced an attractive Winter Cocktails recipe book to warm hearts and souls in the cold weather season.

There are over 100 to tempt readers to rush to the kitchen and grab a glass and ingredients. They start with a guide to the different glasses for serving punches and drinks in as an attractive manner as possible. Other guides include how to flavour the rim for extra flavour and making citrus garnishes.

Alcoholic cocktail recipes include traditional eggnog as well as variations like seasonal pumpkin bourbon, pick me up hot toddies such as applejack and gin as well as traditional whisky ones and in time for Christmas red and white mulled wine.

Many are quite unique and ever so tempting. We defy you not to want to sip away at a mulled pineapple drink called liquid gold. Warming liquid refreshments to entice visitors to your kitchen are cherry vanilla hot chocolate or earl grey lavender cocoa.

Accompanying each are handy tips and advice from Maria alongside some stunning photos by Tara. For example to make White Witch, a blend of spices, chai and ginger, she advises lightly roasting the whole spices in a dry skillet to release more flavour. For the Bloody Mary she helpfully informs the reader to use fresh tomato juice rather than canned which contains more sodium and is less refreshing.

Pitchers of punch we loved is the warm sipper English Christmas punch made using black tea, cinnamon, cloves, rum, wine and more aromatic goodies.

In the depth of winter chilled cocktails may be far from some people's minds. But turn up the heater, snuggle up to a loved one or gather round a roasting log fire and sip away at a Brandy Alexander Manhattan or the much loved Amore.

Another joy of Winter Cocktails is the way Maria has personalised her book to include family favourites and adds a small story behind them.

We were moved by her memories of her doctor grandfather who enjoys a highball called jaibol in his rocking chair overlooking his garden.

It is called this because as a child this is how she thought he was pronouncing it.

Her variation using rose infused gin or vodka and elderflower liqueur helps her to recall the smell of his rosebushes and cologne.

Turning the pages of each visual treat makes you want to reach across and take a glass and enjoy them straight away. The Affogato Speciale just cries out to be enjoyed straight away as does the grown up ice cream float.

Food snacks to accompany them are included and we particularly liked the homemade candied bacon along with the pigs on cushions which are small sausages on buttermilk biscuits and her cheese crusted olives.

Winter Cocktails is published by Quirk Books.

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