Aug 222015


Just Mini Cocktails: Cocktails and Party Drinks by Robert Zollweg

Photographs by Rick Luettke

Paperback: 127 pages
Publisher: Self-published (2011)
Language: English
ISBN: 878-0-615-49813-3

This book guides you with the proper glassware, tiered trays, recipes and, of course, presentation in the art of mini cocktails parties. This presentations are great for special parties.

I don’t drink, but some of my friends and family do so when I saw this book for only $1.00 at Big Lots I decided to get a copy. The book has quite a few sections. After an Introduction there is:

Glassware, Preparation, Garnishes and Servings
Martinis and Margaritas
Tropical Cocktails
Classic Cocktails
Party Punches
Smoothies and Non Alcoholic Cocktails
Coffees, Teas and Hot Chocolates
Beer and Wine Tastings

and then the index.

The author says “Just Mini Cocktails is a trendy way to serve ordinary cocktails at your next party or get together but adding a unique twist by serving them in little mini glasses for tasting or samplings.”

The first section on Glassware, Preparation, Garnishes and Servings will be a huge help to anyone like me who is not familiar with making cocktails. One of my favorite things about this chapter was learning which glassware to use for which drink.

The Serving Preparation section shows how to use a variety of mini cocktails and appetizers on different platters and servers so that it’s pleasing to the eye.

The book includes well known cocktails like Whiskey Sour and Singapore Sling, but also has some I’ve never heard of like Mango Bellini. Of course I don’t drink so you may be familiar with it.

I’d like to try some of the smoothies and hot chocolate recipes. The first one I want to try is the Mad Max Cocktail:

8 oz. blue raspberry cocktail mix
16 oz. lemon lime soda, cold
1 oz. lime juice
ice cubes
orange and lemon slices for garnish
mint leaves for garnish (optional)
for an alcoholic cocktail add 6 oz. vodka or light rum

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher. Have an ice bucket full of ice available.
When serving on a tasting buffet, line the glasses up and add a few citrus wedges to each glass.
Let your guest add their own ice and fill the glasses.
This cocktail looks great in almost any sleek mini glass tumbler or stem.

I’m glad I bought this book, I liked learning about serving cocktails and see many I’d like to try. The photographs are great, just look at the cover and you’ll see what I mean.

 wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

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  11 Responses to “Just Mini Cocktails: Cocktails and Party Drinks by Robert Zollweg”

  1. I’m not a drinker either, but I’ve found that a lot of cocktail recipes can be served ‘virgin’. And the coffee and hot chocolate ones sound interesting. What a bargain! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. This sounds like a great introduction to cocktails!

  3. That Mad Max sounds like it’d be refreshing with or without the booze. Nice find.

  4. I like the sound of the smoothies!!! Seems like for the past several years I’ve been either pregnant or nursing so haven’t been drinking a lot…we’ve actually had an unopened bottle of vodka in our cabinet since the weekend I found out I was pregnant with Elle! One day I’ll be a bit free again. 😉

  5. Vicki, I am not a big drinker, so these mini cocktails might be just right. The book sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing your find.

  6. Looks like a fun book! I love fun glasses

  7. I’m not a big drinker either but the smoothies sound tasty and a lot of times you can adapt recipes to be non-alcoholic. The recipe you shared looks delicious even without the vodka.

  8. I like the idea of a mini cocktail as a party starter. Cheers

  9. I’m not a big cocktail person (I sort of stick to Pinot Grigio), but my husband loves to make different cocktails…he’d love this one!

  10. I like fancy drinks when someone else creates them for me. My drink skills end at opening the bottle!

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