Book #Review: DIY Cocktails by Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren

Friday, May 06, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Black Rose, Blood Orange Tequila and Soda, Kentucky Apple Sour: the newest trend in cocktails is creating your own! Now, the editors of have concocted the only guide that teaches you to create your own infallible thirst-quenchers. Using a simple system of basic ratios, you will learn to:
  •  Mix new flavor combinations for the perfect new blend using the Flavor Profile Chart as a guide
  •  Master advanced mixology techniques from infusing liquors at home to creating custom-flavored syrups
  •  Serve the perfect drink every time, whether it kicks off a rowdy party or winds down a romantic evening!
With only ten ratios to master, you'll shake, stir, roll, and build literally thousands of unique and exceptional cocktails. All you need is a good thirst, an active imagination -- and DIY Cocktails!

My Review
Mixing cocktails has always been a tad intimidating to me. I tend to stick to wine, and the most adventurous mixed drinks I'd consider serving are gin and tonic, vodka and orange juice, or a Bloody Mary. Not any more: armed with DIY Cocktails: A Simple Guide to Creating Your Own Signature Drinks, I can become a proficient home bartender. This excellent guide goes beyond cocktail recipes to include all you need to know about mixing cocktails at home. From tools and techniques to types of glasses to ratios and using homemade ingredients, DIY Cocktails reads like a good cookbook for beginners. There are chapters on tropical drinks, sweet and creamy, elegant sips, effervescence, parties and punch, and more. What I love most about this book is that it gives the tools to learn basic mixology and the courage to experiment with creating drinks all my own.

Just as the authors say - we don't have all our meals at restaurants, so why go to a bar to have a cocktail? With the right tools and a little daring, you can mix cocktails in your kitchen with the same ease that you cook dinner. Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren, editors of, make mixology accessible and fun. Cheers!

The paperback edition of DIY Cocktails: A simple guide to creating your own signature drinks can be purchased at book retailers for about $16.95.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher.


  1. dor said...

    This sounds a great book to get into and expand my mixing techniques....which are not the best. hee

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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