Friday, August 5, 2016

Cocktails and Mock-Tales

Inside the Book

Title: Cocktails and Mock-Tales
Authors: Julianne McLean & Mark Lynch
Publisher: ASJ Publishing
Pages: 90
Genre: Humor
“ Cocktails and Mock- Tales” is not just about alcoholic beverages. The book is about sensations that tickle your tastebuds and humour that tickles your fancy. It includes non-alcoholic beverages that the whole family can enjoy and even herbal recipes for the adventurous.

Have one extremely tall high ball glass and a giant cocktail shaker at the ready

Unlimited centilitres of wit and humour
9 cl or 3oz titillating snippets of history and gossip
Add flavours of exotic destinations
A dusting of spice mixed with satire
Several centilitres of high spirits (optional)

Shake with vigour. Garnish with an open mind and your own sense of humour
Now you are ready to truly laugh and savour Cocktails and Mock Tales!
Amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the origins of international beverages and excite their tastebuds with these exotic sensations.

For More Information

  • Cocktails & Mock-Tales is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

My Review

What a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book. A couple of the drinks featured in this book I had not heard of before: Amadeus (a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and Singapore Sling. Others I have drank but didn't really think about the history behind the drink like Tequila Sunrise. Which the original actually was made with Tequila, Crème de Cassis, lime juice and soda water. Than there are the other variations of the Black Russian that includes Coca Cola or Ginger Ale. One of my favorite drinks is the Long Island Ice Tea which was actually created during the Prohibition and was made with whiskey and maple spirit (Sounds delicious).

I learned so much about the different drinks featured in this book that I want to try them all (well not all at the same time, I am responsible). Now, when I have a drink I am going to check out the history behind it. You could call this a "drinking  history". If you like the occasional drink than you have to check this book out. You won't be sorry (unless you have a hangover).

About the Authors
Julianne has created & organized targeted national launches, press coverage, television appearances, publicity events and community service affiliations for a varied range of entities including: “Masai Barefoot Technology” – therapeutic footwear company; award-winning cartoonist Mark Lynch’s book – “How Green is My Planet” with forewords from Spike Milligan and David Suzuki; best-selling recipe book, “Barbies for Blokes” with recipes from celebrities such as Peter Brock, Jeff Fenech and Guy Leech and the sequel “More Barbies for Blokes” (These later publications were co-authored by Julianne); John Gill, eight times World Martial Arts Champion and Hornsby Council’s sports complexes that won the national award for “Best Swim School Promotion”. Julianne has just produced directed and written a DVD for Holland America Cruise lines based on their exercise programs and is publishing her new book “Cocktails and Mock Tales”.
Visit Julianne McLean on Facebook!
Mark Lynch our Australian cartoonist, describes himself as being born “sometime in the middle of the last century.”
 After doing a variety of Jobs, Mark became a QANTAS Flight attendant and he quips that “the next nineteen years of his life resembled an exotic beer commercial set in a variety of world- wide locations”.
 Mark was editorial cartoonist for the leading publication, “The Australian” newspaper. His work has been enjoyed in more publications than you could count, ranging from Australian dailies, even ‘Le News Switzerland”. Mark’s cartoons appear in a variety of forms and diversity world-wide including video screens in the Berlin and Munich subway system where they are seen by 1.5 million people a day.
 Mark is the recipient of 48 international and Australian cartoon awards!
Mark lives in Sydney with his lovely wife, Jenny, and two sons and to learn more about Mark and see further cartoons, visit
Book Excerpt:
The daiquiri is a family of cocktails of which the primary ingredients are white rum, lime or lemon juice and sugar.
The drink was supposedly invented by American mining engineer Jennings Cox who was in partying and experimenting in Cuba at the time of the Spanish American War. Daiquiri is also the name of a beach and an iron ore mine near Santiago in Cuba.
Serves 1
6cl white rum
3cl lime juice
2cl sugar syrup
Sugar on the rim of the glass.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Strawberry Daiquiri Mock-tail
2 large strawberries
1⁄4 cup of white sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
¾ cup of chilled lemon lime soda
4 ice cubes
In a blender, mix the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and lime soda. Add the ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled Tom Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon

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