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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Though the concept of drinking in the morning is hardly a new idea (the first mention of the cocktail in 1803 referred to a beverage drunk at 11a.m.), Joseph takes daytime tippling very seriously. Here, the pop culture writer presents over 100 recipes for morning, noon, and afternoon drinks, as well as a smattering of dishes to enjoy with a beverage. Joseph devotes plenty of attention to brunch classics like the Mimosa and the Bellini, and provides ideas for variations, as in his Geisha Whirl, which substitutes soy sauce and wasabi for a Bloody Mary's Worcestershire and horseradish. But the true stars are cocktails like the Corpse Reviver Number 2, which features absinthe and gin; the sweet and bubbly French 75; and the triple wallop of rum, gin, and brandy in the aptly named Fog-Cutter. Hardcore cocktailers will appreciate tips on creating infusions, syrups, and other ingredients, while entertainers will find a handful of brunch suggestions (e.g., Eggs Benedict and Chocolate Chip and Bacon Pancakes). Joseph even goes so far as to merge the two: the Kilrain Fight uses Cocoa Puffs cereal to infuse steeped black tea that's then mixed with Irish whiskey, lemon, orgeat, and mint. Given the range of recipes here, hosts and guests alike will be happily measuring out mornings and afternoons with coffee spoons and cocktail stirrers. Photos. (Sept.)