Dry Cookbook Review

Dry Cookbook Review

Title: Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Clever Concoctions―Seasonal, Refreshing, Alcohol-Free
Author: Claire Liadet
Published: October 16, 2018, The Experiment
No. of Pages: 144
Cover Price: $14.95 Hardcover, $9.98 Kindle

Just because you don't want to drink alcohol, Claire Liadet shows us that you can have non-alcoholic drinks that are just as fancy and taste wonderful. Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Clever Concoctions―Seasonal, Refreshing, Alcohol-Free is an excellent primer on preparing beautiful, flavorful drinks, all alcohol free.

Liadet includes a chapter on equipment and also a chapter on ingredients; these chapters are helpful for anyone who is behind the bar mixing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and the information is timely and easy to understand. There are recipes for simple syrups and shrubs that can serve as a base for a variety of the drinks included. I especially liked the Still Rose Lemonade, as well as the similar Roasted Peach Lemonade. A delicious hot drink is the Warming Dark Berry Shrub. The book features an excellent Autumn Sangria with apple, pear, orange, cherry and ginger flavors, which would be a hit for any crowd.

The beautiful photographs make the drinks very tempting, and it's nice when entertaining to be able to mix for both adults and children. The book includes both hot and cold drinks, and some can be doubled or tripled so they can be served in a punchbowl or drink dispenser with garnishes like fruits, vegetables, and herbs. You'll never be short on ideas for flavorful beverages no matter what the occasion.

All told, if you're one who likes to experiment with fancy drinks, enjoys entertaining, and likes to sit back and enjoy a drink without alcohol, this is a valuable resource for you. It makes an excellent addition to a cookbook library.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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