Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Books: 'Friday Night Cocktails' Helps You Celebrate the Weekend

It’s Friday night and you’ve had a long week and you’re ready to take a few moments to relax and unwind.  You deserve it.  It’s time for a relaxing cocktail. Author A.J. Dean has compiled a fabulous collection of 52 simple and delicious drinks—plus a bunch of variations—that will help you uncoil from the week and start the weekend.  Friday Night Cocktails is a must-have cocktail book for anyone who is interested in a well-made but not fussy homemade mixed drink. The focus of the book is “cocktail as ritual” —a recognition that the transition from the workweek to the weekend should be a celebration. 
The recipes are a collection of classic, contemporary, and unique drinks. Each of the recipes are made with common ingredients that readers can easily stock up on and keep at hand. “The key to a delicious cocktail is balance. With a little understanding of the roles of the main components—alcohol, water, sugar, bitters—you can begin to experiment on your own,” Dean explains.  “Like the French 75 cocktail (gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling wine). Why not try grapefruit juice in place of the lemon? Or make the same recipe but use different gins?”
In addition to recipes, Friday Night Cocktails provides information on key barware, glassware, and tips.  The recipes are divided into chapters by season as well as by month, so you can enjoy the perfect cocktail to match the weather. Some of the recipes include:
  • Amaretto Sour
  • Sazerac
  • Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
  • Apple Jack Sour
  • Rob Roy
  • Clementine Wallbanger
  • Boulevardier
  • Cranberry Mule
  • Ginger Lime Whiskey Sour
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Gibson Martini
  • Aviation
  • Dirty Shirley
  • Mojito
  • Summer Shandy
  • Tequila Sunrise
The message throughout is “try something new but be mindful of the tried-and-true.”  This holiday season celebrate the joy of cocktails with Friday Night Cocktails.