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Romantic Cocktails

Craft Cocktail Recipes for Couples, Crushes, and Star-Crossed Lovers

Photographer Abraham Rowe
Published by Whalen Book Works
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Romantic Cocktails is a bewitching collection of over 100 classic and craft cocktail recipes, perfect for winning hearts—and mending broken ones, too! 

Inside the plush red foil cover of Romantic Cocktails you will find the secret to mixing up more than 100 cocktails for couples, crushes, and star-crossed lovers. Chapters include Vintage Romance (classic cocktails from the good old days); Pretty Drinks (visually stunning, gem-colored concoctions); Love Potions (cocktails packed with aphrodisiacs); Zero-Proof Cocktails (booze-free elixirs); Drinks for Two (what’s more romantic than sharing a glass); Modern Craft Cocktails (exclusive drink recipes contributed by craft bartenders from San Francisco to Hong Kong); and a bonus chapter on Irresistible Bar Snacks, From-Scratch Ingredients, & Garnishes (cheese boards, chocolate-dipped everything, spirit infusions, and more). The drinks are as fun and charming as they are intoxicating, with names including: 

The Afternoon Delight, a little sweet, a little naughty
Boozy Milkshake for Two, two straws please
Between the Sheets, a romantic variation on the classic Sidecar cocktail
The Vesper Martini, synonymous with sophistication
The Goodnight Kiss, the perfect nightcap for a night you don’t want to end

Simple step-by-step instructions and gorgeous full-color photographs make every drink recipe easy and truly swoon-worthy. Author and bartender Clair McLafferty offers insider tips and tricks for everything from sizing up recipes for a party to fixing a drink that didn’t turn out quite right. Sidebars show how to master details like floating flowers, muddling herbs, and garnishing drinks with amazing bitters art. And throughout the book, readers will find drinks-relatedromantic quotations and toasts from the likes of Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, and James Baldwin. Whether you are looking for a romantic gift or a reliably excellent cocktail book for your home bar, Romantic Cocktails will knock your socks off! 

About The Author

Clair McLafferty is a craft bartender and writer based in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2013, she quit hre office job to learn the art of craft bartending after writing about the local scene. Making drinks fed into researching and writing about them, and her current occupation was born. She is the author of The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book: The Definitive Guide to Mixing Perfect Cocktails from Aviation to Zombie (Rockridge Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Mental Floss, The Food Network, and more. For more of her writing, visit

Product Details

  • Publisher: Whalen Book Works (January 28, 2019)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781732512610

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Raves and Reviews

"The latest release from Clair McLafferty, Romantic Cocktails, is a great example of a fresh perspective. The first thing to mention about Romantic Cocktails is how stunning the metallic red, pillowed hardcover binding is. It’s the perfect aesthetic for a book of passion-filled recipes. The corresponding photography is also top-notch, with unique setups for the showcased recipes."

– Andrew, The Humble Garnish

"Clair McLafferty is a craft bartender and the author of Romantic Cocktails, a sleek red book featuring more than 100 drink recipes. McLafferty’s book features cocktails for just about any love-related situation... The book also makes sure you have everything you need to mix and serve drinks properly, because when it comes to romance, presentation matters." 

– Lisa Beebe, Playboy

"McLafferty’s book is full of fun drinks for first dates and long-time couples to enjoy alike."

– G. Clay Whittaker, The Bourbon Review

"Though the cocktails [in Romantic Cocktails] are organized under categories like 'new love and crushes,' 'breakups and broken hearts,' or 'engagements and weddings,' the cocktails are more versatile than the title suggests."

– Jeanette Hurt, Forbes

"The most romantic drinks are those chosen with care to match the tastes of your partner, says top mixologist Clair McLafferty. A well-made cocktail demonstrates the depth of your love far better than the mere uncorking of a bottle of wine."

– Daily Mail

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