I'm one of those people who loves hosting cocktail parties. This book is perfect because it has both classic and newer drink recipes. The Cajun Bloody Mary recipe is terrific - I've made it at brunches and it always gets rave reviews. I make the Spicy Pimento Cheese and Beer-Battered Green Beans with Remoulade for almost all my parties and there is never any left. People who have been to my cocktail parties always ask me to make them another Mint Julep or Blueberry Martini when they visit.
The book is hardcover and printed on thick, durable paper. The author also offers some practical tips on setting up a bar and on making toasts.
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