This niche book brings readers back to basics with an introduction to tools and techniques, liquors and liqueurs, and most importantly it introduces readers to the passion of creating curious cocktails. The literary whimsy behind Nick Perry and Paul Rosser’s Curious Cocktails From Wonderland and their tremendous tipples thoughtfully “lent themselves to the fantastical, the unusual, and the strange.” Climbing down the rabbit hole of libations I found myself at a drink aptly named “Off With Her Head”. Perry and Rosser follow the “twisted interpretation of time” by beginning the recipe section with a drinkable grand finale. With an edible flower and a frothy egg white foam, this drink is sure to impress the Queen of Hearts herself. Equally impressive, each recipe includes a quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a short description of its literary foundation.
Following the authors through the cocktail glass, I was impressed with the selection of batch recipes that followed. Emphasizing that the book is meant for hosting events such as unbirthday parties, it does a good job of catering to its audience. Perry and Rosser smartly added directions for creating their signature syrups, bitters and garnishes for those readers who want a challenge. Staying true to Carroll’s work, they include a delectable “Buttered Toast-infused Rum” referencing Alice’s first tincture: “It had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavor of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast.”
Overall, it was quite the adventure reading this book. We here at Good Spirits News love the fact that Perry and Rosser encourage their readers to play with their drinkable creations. They emphasize that their recipes are not written in stone, and in fact are capable of changing as quickly and magically as the world of Wonderland itself. I would like to end where the book began by encouraging our readers that “when presented with the opportunity, always remember: Drink me!”
Review by Autumn Ellen Rose for Good Spirits News