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Monday, September 21, 2020


1.THE PIKES COCKTAIL BOOK: rock 'n' roll recipes from the iconic Ibizan hotel (Ryland Peters & Small, 2020, 208 pages, ISBN 978-1-78879-212-7 $24.95 USD) is a collaborative effort from the hotel, with text by Dawn Hindle, its creative director. Ibiza is Spanish, just off the Mediterranean coast; it's about 10 times the size of Manhattan. It's usually very warm and humid year round, which makes it a perfect party place. Pikes has a very colourful book on its hands, with gorgeous photography and recipes, usually one per page. The arrangement is by  time of day, beginning with what to drink at "poolside". There are usually about 10 preps per time, with the bulk being at "sunset" and "dinner" and  "night time". Concluding, of course, with "the morning after". You go there to drink, to hear music, and to dance. If music be the drink of love...
Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements.
Audience and level of use: fans of Ibiza or Pikes Hotel, or collectors of cocktail books. It's a great gift book.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: vodka seems to lead the way for the base alcohol, and the names of the drinks (e.g. "slippery when wet") are localisms. Rest assured, all the classics are here (sangria, punches, margarita, mojito, martini, et al) with their variations.
Quality/Price Rating: 90

May we all have 2020 vision.

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