by A.J. Rathbun
Wine is as popular as ever, with more varieties available to thirsty consumers than ever before. Acclaimed drinks writer A.J. Rathbun celebrates wine's versatility with his new book Wine Cocktails, containing 50 recipes that showcase wine's wide range of flavors by mixing it with fruit juice, herbs, spices, spirits and liqueurs.
These stylish cocktails are perfect for cooling down in the summer, providing a lower-alcohol drink for parties or weddings, for pairing with food or serving as after-dinner cordials. With his signature wit and flair, Rathbun mixes things up with juice, herbs, liqueurs, spirits, and spices to create such cocktails as the Champagne Bowler, Venetian Spritz, Sake'd Saint, Valencia, and Queen Charlotte. Some recipes are clever twists on well-known cocktails—he adds flavors of vanilla and pear to make a new version of the mimosa, and mixes mint and lime to create a lighter, white-wine cousin of the mojito. Others are brand-new creations destined to become classics in their own right.
With a section on the basics of making wine cocktails, and gorgeous color photos throughout, Wine Cocktails is sure to broaden anyone's thinking about wine and please even the most skeptical oenophile. These drink recipes offer an easy way to be festive while keeping things on the lighter side. Bottoms up!
A.J. Rathbun is the author of Party Snacks!, Party Drinks!, Luscious Liqueurs, and the IACP Award-winning Good Spirits. He has contributed to national publications such as The Food Network Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Wine Enthusiast, and is a member of both the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Museum of the American Cocktail.
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