Drinks are an integral part of American parties. However, drinks made with alcohol have given way to delicious, tasty beverages prepared without alcohol.
The recipes in this cookbook, edited by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Jane Baker, include personal favorites of food writers across the country.
: Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo
I think a unique part of the book is about giving a gift of drink mix in jars and baskets for various occasions. There is a chapter specifically for this. A useful and economical gift.
Another chapter explains how garnishes give a drink an enticing look. People tend to head for these at a party.
Most of the recipes are easy to make. I was going to share with you all of the drinks that stood out, but I have so many post-it notes in the book I would probably run out of room in this review!
My favorites were the tomato-type drinks. A good way to party AND be healthy!
My next favorite would be the drinks requiring seltzer water. A little non-alcoholic bubbly!
Next, I like the drinks requiring various frozen juice concentrate. A little mixture of this and that juice is presented throughout the cookbook. Another economical beverage.
Most recipes need a blender.
All in all, this is a very good book. Whether you are an alcoholic, need drinks for a designated driver, need a kid-friendly drink, or just prefer not to drink alcohol, etc. etc., this cookbook is sure to please.