Book Review: Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook

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I buy a lot of cookbooks. You know this about me already. You know that it’s somewhat of an addiction, but I’m proud to say that I’ve got it somewhat under control. (The bookshelf that I bought to house them all is already looking a bit cramped…)

So, instead of buying more, I decided to take a little breather and dive into the ones I already own. My wallet, which up until now I didn’t think could speak, just loudly whispered “Thank You” from my purse. Don’t get too comfy, wallet, for there will come a time when I will need to fuel my CA (cookbook addiction. It’s a thing) again.

This weekend, my best friend Anna held a cocktail party that was inspired by her recent trip to Peru, and it reminded me of this beyond AWESOME book I found once called Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook. I am obsessed with it, and after this post, you better be too so that we can talk about it together.

It’s one part retro, one part boozy, and one part extra colorful, and it’s the exact read you need when you want to become your own bartender. Ever wondered exactly what goes into that whiskey sour you always order? This little book’s got you covered. (P.S. I’m just curious: when you hear that a cocktail has egg whites in it, what’s your reaction? To me, it’s fine, it adds a little foam and body. For others, it’s all they can talk about.)

There’s a drink for every occasion, every taste, and I’d say every budget. And if you really want to cut a corner or two, there’s always the option of making your own simple syrup!

From Mrs, Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook

Another entry from Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook

I know Christmas is over, but this makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Buy it now, save it, don’t forget about it, and you’re set for next Christmas. You’re welcome.

 

Happy cocktail mixing!

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