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Book Review: The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you a fan of martinis? Are you looking for a resource for delicious martini recipe ideas? If so, you’re sure to love The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis .

About The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis

Published by the Penguin Group, the publishing house behind the well-known Complete Idiot’s Guide series, The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis is a handy resource for anyone who wants a one-stop resource for tasty cocktail recipes that anyone can make at home quickly and easily.

When you read The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis , you’ll learn how to make many different varieties of martini cocktails, ranging from traditional olive-based savory beverages through all kinds of decadent, sweet concoctions.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis features 180 different recipes for martinis, so when you read it you’ll learn how to make some of your long-time favorites as well as get ideas for creative cocktails that you’ve probably never even heard of and certainly haven’t tried.

Whether you want to make a batch of Cosmopolitans to enjoy during a girls’ night gathering or if you’re watching your collection of Sex and the City DVDs or if you want to create a New Orleans Martini to enjoy during the Mardi Gras season, you’re sure to find a recipe that will work perfectly for your needs in this book.

Recipe Examples from the Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis

A few of the most interesting and flavorful cocktail recipes you’ll find in The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis include:

  • Jalapeno Martini (this savory combination of vodka, vermouth, jalapeno peppers and garlic is a great choice for those who enjoy hot and spicy cocktails)
  • Shark Attack Martini (if you have friends over to watch jaws or if you’re hosting a gathering at the beach, consider serving this cocktail made from vodka, rum and grenadine)
  • Crimson Tide Martini (enjoy this mixture of rum, apricot brandy, lime juice, guava juice and simple syrup the next time you host luau or a University of Alabama football party)
  • Cherry Pie Martini (if you want a beverage that’s part cocktail and part dessert, consider making this sweet treat that contains vodka, brandy, cherry brandy and top it off with a fresh cherry)
  • Many, many other tasty choices for all types of occasions

Great Gift Idea for Yourself or a Friend

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Martinis is a great book for anyone who enjoys making flavorful cocktails at home, either for entertaining purposes or for personal consumption. It’s also a terrific gift idea for anyone on your holiday shopping list who is a fan of flavorful cocktails.

Special thanks to The Penguin Group for providing me with an opportunity to review this book.


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  • pmccray profile image


    8 years ago from Utah

    This hub is so cool and timely for New Years. My husband and I bring the New Year in alone. We prepare an elegant dinner for two and martini's would be a welcome change as a before dinner drink. Thanks for sharing, voted up, marked useful, bookmarked. Happy Holidays to you and yours

  • onegoodwoman profile image


    8 years ago from A small southern town

    perhaps, I am declaring my

    own ignorance.......I had no

    idea what a martini was!

    Sure, I have heard of it.

    But have never drank one

    and had no clue as to how

    to make one.

    You sure simplied it!

    I feel soshiticated now~~~~

    Thanks for bringing simplicity

    to my shortcomings.


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