Kindred Spirits: Cocktails for Two

Chronicle. Apr. 2024. 128p. ISBN 9781797225432. $19.95. COOKING
Wahler and photographer Bobbi Lin team up in this spirited debut collection of 40 cocktail recipes that will delight readers who are searching for ways to energize date nights. The author, a former bartender with 15 years of experience, crafts cocktail recipes on Instagram and TikTok that are simple for budding home bartenders to recreate and enjoy. The themed drink chapters range from “Classic Dinner Date” to “Cozy Night In,” and each includes multiple unique date ideas such as “10 Questions,” “Couples’ Bucket List,” and “Thanksgiving Gratitude Jar” to help couples foster intimacy and relaxation. In addition to the delicious drink recipes, Wahler offers recommendations on liqueurs and equipment for readers who want to start building and curating their own home bar. Lovebirds will enjoy the suggested date night themes that are sure to add some sparkle and fizz to a fun night in, and the book includes a section on homemade syrups that will inspire readers to experiment and sharpen their mixology skills.
VERDICT This book is playful, reflective, and unintimidating, just like the perfect date, and cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy the tasty drink recipes while admiring the beautiful beverage photography.
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