REVIEW: Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell
Kat Odell has compiled many recipes from bartenders from all around the country. There is a distinct laid-back, almost retro vibe to the writing that I found enjoyable. Each drink comes with a little history and backstory that added to the nostalgia of bygone eras where drinking for flavor trumped quick inebriation. The photographs are lovely and the styling matches the overall tone of the book well.
The concept of day drinking is one that most people are familiar with, including myself, and I love the idea of a book filled with low-alcohol beverages. It's nice to have flavorful options that won't result in slurred speech and a hangover. While these drinks are targeted towards low-key day consumption, I could see these as great evening cocktails for those who prefer lighter beverages.
I found a lot of recipes I'd love to try out, particularly the coffee based ones, the fruity summer spritzers, and an earl grey & Pimm's combination. Overall, I found the directions simple and where there are ingredients that may be harder to find Odell does a good job of offering possible substitutions. There is also a handy list of measurement conversions and equipment definitions that I found particularly useful.
While I haven't made any of the cocktails yet, I'm looking forward to trying them out as the spring and summer months approach. This book would make an excellent gift for fellow day drinkers or for someone who prefers lighter cocktails!
*I received this book as an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.