Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks

November 6, 2013


This is a book lover’s book.

Let’s start with the cover. It’s beautiful. And soft. I didn’t think a book’s texture would really matter. I was completely wrong. It’s the kind of book you want to touch—to pick up and read.

The back cover is a collage of photos. This is similar to the Smitten Kitchen’s Cookbook. I really liked it there and I like it here. Good work is good work.

The pages are thick—similar to card stock. The matte finish creates a nice, rustic touch. Would it be weird to say that I even liked the smell of the pages? I don’t think so. Even my sister remarked on this.Winter-Cocktails-Mulled-Ciders-Hot-Toddies-Punches-Pitchers-and-Cocktail-Party-Snacks-Hardcover-P9781594746413

Now, let’s talk about the content.

The photographs of the drinks are stunning. I immediately feel like I need to be drinking something as soon as I open the book. Stiano has a really great eye for what works and this book is a testament to that. After looking through the book multiple times, I actually went and bought a few glasses that are similar to what she uses.

Mar Sarcasa has included a mix of involved and simple recipes. I didn’t get into the more involved recipes because they often make a large batch and it was just Aaron and I doing the drinking. That being said, they would go over very well for a party or even with just a few friends over.

I ended up making a Classic Hot Toddy. This was my first Hot Toddy in both execution and consumption. They are super easy and you most likely already have the ingredients. It’s the perfect rainy evening drink.

Other items of note in Winter Cocktails:

  • There’s a small section of party snacks at the end of the book. Recipes like pigs in a blanket (but a little fancier), Chex mix and doughnuts.
  • Tutorials and techniques like opening Champagne, what glasses to use for different drinks and even ideas on adding ice to punches.
  • Alcohol infusions are also a nice addition.

About the Book
Winter Cocktails
By Maria del Mar Sarcasa
Photography by Tara Striano
Buy it HERE


Hot Toddy

1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey or dark rum
6 ounces boiling water
Lemon slices
Cinnamon stick

Pour the honey into a mug and add the alcohol and water. Stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Add the lemon slices and cinnamon stick.