Welcome to Alcohol & chats, where we ask 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/.
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