Welcome to the Hops & Spirits Friday Five, where we ask five questions to interesting people in the alcohol world.
This week’s spotlight is on author Casie Vogel. Cassie recently released her cocktail book “The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book: 55 Unofficial Recipes for White Claw® Slushies, Truly® Mixers, and More Spiked-Seltzer Drinks”, which is out now.
1) What made you or how did you decide to write a cocktail book?
I’ve been mixing my seltzers with liquor for awhile now, but when I saw so many fun concoctions popping up all over TikTok, I knew I wasn’t alone! I knew I had to write my favorite recipes down and start experimenting with others.
2) Are you a seltzer fan? And what’s your favorite hard seltzer?
I love seltzer! I love all the brands and the flavors, but if I had to choose I’m definitely a grapefruit-flavored gal. I think it’s the best-tasting flavor by far. However, many would beg to differ!
3) How did you all come up with the hard seltzer spins on the cocktails?
I’m not a trained mixologist so a lot of my recipes are a result of a lot of trial and error. I’d start with traditional recipes, say a classic Aperol Spritz, before mixing and matching ingredients and different flavored seltzers.
4) What were some pleasant surprises when making this book?
I really got to know all the different seltzer brands out there, each has their own flavor and taste. I could probably compete in a sommelier-style taste test between brands!
5) Why should someone get a copy of The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book?
The book is a perfect gift for the seltzer lover in your life or really anyone who wants to have a good time. I especially recommend it for my party people out there, the book has some great batch recipes in here that would be ideal for a potluck boozy brunch, a raucous bachelorette, or just any Tuesday night!
The recipes in The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book are organized into four different chapters—Boozy Brunch, Summer Slushies, Classy Classics, and Pregame & Party—based on the potential party or day-drinking situation you’ve found yourself in. With the exception of a few single-serving cocktails and the batch “party” cocktails, most of the recipes call for one 12-ounce can of hard seltzer and serve two. To purchase the book, check out https://ulyssespress.com/books/the-hard-seltzer-cocktail-book/.