Let’s Get Monster Smashed Horror Movie Drinks for a Killer Time by Jon Chaiet & Marc Chaiet
Why I read: Gory cocktail recipes based on horror films.
Book blurb: “A horror movie-inspired cocktail book with gross-looking but delicious party drinks, all wrapped up in an awesome ’80s VHS package. There are 55 recipes spread across 5 chapters (shots, gelatin, punches, special fx, and non-alcoholic) inspired by classic pulp horror movies of the ’80s and ’90s, complete with viewing recommendations. The movies may be weird, the drinks may look gross, but the elevated drink making techniques and unusually tasty recipes keep readers and their guests interested and coming back for more. Great for theme parties, Halloween festivals, movie fans, and retro enthusiasts.”
This is a fun book for every horror enthusiasts bookshelf. The graphics are bright, gory and nostalgic. Reminding me of 80’s ghoulish artwork. There’s drinks in here for every taste from shots to punches and none-alcoholic concoctions. Some are adaptations from classic recipes and other seem newly made up. What makes this book stand out is the links to classic horror films. Its a delight to see old favourites such as Gremlins, Hellraiser, Beetlejuice and Seven transformed into cocktail inspiration.
The start of the book includes a humorous description of the supplies you need for cocktail making, the various alcohols that make up the base of most cocktails and techniques used. The recipes themselves seem easy enough to follow and range from simple spirit and mixer to advanced cocktails with all the frills. Some of the cocktails need advance planning as they require several days to produce such as stepping vodka with green tea for a few days beforehand or rarer ingredients. Truly gory inspiration material. Perfect for horror themed nights.
I’d recommend to: horror movie fans, Halloween party inspiration, cocktail lovers.
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.
Hardcover: 144 pages ( I read an ARC on pdf of this book.)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (3 July 2017)
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Kreuger
Why I read – Book club pick for May.
Book blurb: “A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.
College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore. “
Cocktails giving secret powers to kill demons was really fun and I enjoyed this part. The teen romance was too much for me so I skimmed over a lot of it and I didn’t feel the plot really went anywhere. I loved the diversity of the characters – a good blend of people all with distinct personalities. However it seemed like the cocktails were the star of the book rather than the characters. I was left feeling though that the idea of the book was better than the actual book itself so I think I had some disappointment as I was really looking forward to reading it and wanted much more.
The highlight of the book for me was the Devil’s Water Dictionary which had extracts interspersed throughout the book. This fictional mixologist’s guide to alcohol and magic included recipes, secret histories, and effects of all the various cocktails. These were interesting and engaging with a good dose of humour thrown in. I can’t wait until our next cocktail evening so we can have fun trying the recipes in the book.
I’d recommend it to anyone who wants some lighthearted fun young adult reading with a cocktail twist.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Quirk Books
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