The sophisticated edit of the cocktail menu.
In Ten Cocktails, The Times drinks columnist Alice Lascelles uses ten of her favourite cocktails to distil the stories, recipes and tips she has amassed in more than a decade in pursuit of the mixed drink. Join her as she dodges the washing lines of backstreet Havana in search of the perfect Daiquiri, scours the cocktail bars of Tokyo for the world's best ice carvers, harvests juniper in the hills of Umbria, goes sipping Sazeracs in New Orleans and unearths the mixological secrets of The Savoy.
What makes a G&T glow in the dark? Who threw the world's first cocktail party? Why does a Bloody Mary taste best at 35,000 feet? And what's the key to opening champagne with a sword?
By the time you finish Ten Cocktails you will have the answers to these questions and many more, as well as an armoury of cocktail recipes for every occasion, from convivial party-starters and lip-smacking sours to slow-stirred whiskey drinks and indulgent nightcaps.
Whether you've just forked out for your first shaker, or you've got your Martini mixing down to a tee, this book will have you thirsting to try new things come 6 o'clock.
Those seeking a bibulous bible should look no further than Ten Cocktails... It's a fabulous publication that sees Lascelles sharing her expert knowledge on the art of mixing drinks, thanks to her experiences traversing the globe in the name of the perfect libation. — Square Meal
As lighter evenings call for a return to the cocktail hour, this great little book is the perfect source of inspiration... A perfect blend of history and how-to. — The Lady
With her new book, Ten Cocktails, Alice Lascelles joins the likes of David Wondrich (Imbibe) and Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), as one of the few people who can elevate the craft of writing about drinks and drinking to a true literary level. Perhaps it's better to just say This Book is a Great Read, and you'll Learn a Lot, Too. Who could ask for more? — Gaz Regan, San Francisco Chronicle and author of The Joy of Mixology
I love, love, love the book...Very nicely done indeed. — David Wondrich, Esquire and author of Imbibe! and Punch
Landing somewhere between a memoir, recipe book and history lesson, The Art Of Convivial Drinking has something for every reader...highly accomplished. — Hunger TV
Beautiful... it's the thinking drinker's cocktail book. — Susan Low, Delicious Magazine
Alice Lascelles is one of my favourite drinks writers, she has that rare and perfect mix of style, wit and practicality. — William Sitwell, Masterchef Judge & editor of Waitrose Kitchen Magazine
LOVING this. — Helen McGinn, Knackered Mothers Wine Club
The quintessential guide to maxing and relaxing. — The Darkness
This book is destined to become the most stained and beloved book in home bars around the world, after it leaves people's bedsides. All-in-all, a great and relevant read. — Jared Brown, Mixellany
With an approachable conversational style Alice belies a superb knowledge of the world of drinks, imparting interesting facts, anecdotes and recommended formulations for each cocktail. — Simon Difford, diffordsguide.com
I love it. — Mark Hix