Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

Lets get tropicalLet’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks

It will soon be that time of year. Those warm (we hope) summer months when our thoughts turn to al fresco lunches and dinners under the stars. To go with those meals will probably be some exotic drinks, and it’s the very season for such cocktails. Let’s Get Tropical is a handy guide to a whole world of delicious libations.

Let’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks is a cheery tome of step-by-step-supported recipes. There are plenty of photographs to tempt, and also some practical sketches to illustrate ingredient quantities.

You won’t have to be an expert bartender to appreciate this book. There is a history of the quintessential tropical cocktail, an explanation of the production of spirits, a list of equipment and some glass suggestions. Then it’s on to the fun bit.

The expected plus innovation

We all have our favourite classic cocktails and we can usually only enjoy them on an evening out. Now we can make them at home. One might be a lover of Sex on the Beach (the drink, not the hobby); here it is and with variations too. That is very much the theme of the book – the expected plus innovation.

I do have my pick of the book’s drinks, but this is Tuesday and that preference might well be different again on Wednesday. A Mojito is simple but always good if one uses premium spirits. In fact, the same could be said for any cocktail. The Hurricane was invented by a bar that just wanted to shift its bottles of dark rum in order to buy whisky, which was more popular. It proved to be such a winner that they had to order more rum! Try it and you will see why.

Let’s Get Tropical would make a wonderful summer house-warming gift, and even better if the giver also includes the appropriate spirits for making one of the cocktails.

Let’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks

Author: Georgi Radev

Price: £9.99

Published by: DK

ISBN-13: 978-0241378953