Fancy AF Cocktails Book Review - A Guide to The Trendiest and Trashiest Cocktails

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Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, the beloved Vanderpump Rules couple and mixology experts, compile their favorite trashy and classy cocktail recipes in their newest book, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers.

Regulars on the Bravo Show Vanderpump Rules, a spin-off of the global phenomena The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the mixologists explorers have joined to create this ode to a profession that brought them from bartending in popular bars in New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles and now to celebrity and reality show fame!


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Published by Mifflin-Houghton, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers, features more than a decade of creating, mixing, pouring, tasting and popping the corks of success as these original recipes become overnight trends in a town where trends are here and gone in the blink of an eye.

So much more than simply booze, beverages and brews, the libation lover’s guide is meant to impress family, wow friends, and seriously pitch for that promotion, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers offers insights into the celebrity couple’s life on and off screen with beyond the velvet rope photos.

Full size glossy photos of Ariana and Tom are prominent throughout the 207 pages, along with an introduction, for those looking to perfect their bar game the two open the work with the paraphernalia needed to create the perfect pour.

From specialty garnish, glassware, modifiers, jiggers and muddler, the two set out on a step by step introduction to the tools of the trade necessary to raise the bar on home-mixology.

No matter the choice of Spirits the pair have developed a mix to heighten the taste and increase the appeal as signature drinks and cocktails can be the savior to any party.


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With a three page index covering Bourbon, Chambord, Champagne and Wine, Cointreau, Gin, Grand Marnier, Margaritas, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, and Whisky there is surely a cocktail recipes to please even the most influential, finicky, classiest and well, as the introduction read, trashiest party goer anywhere.

With a Drink Rating in the sidebar along with the style of glass, special tools and the necessary Spirit, the introductions have a small antidote or story as the celebrity duo, and former bartenders, bond with their readers.

From the ultimate Classy Cocktail, the Tea, which one would immediately think belongs in the most luxurious of settings, and it is possible it would be a perfect fit, however the authors explain the drink is most notably used to find the smile on the other side of the frown that has taken up residence as life throws the curve.

Another drink which received the highest classy rating is “Going Clear.” Served best in a Martini glass, shaken, it is a combination of Clear Whiskey, Clear Sweet Vermouth and Aloe Liqueur. It is literally a clear Manhattan. Sandoval warns “the more of these you drink the more truth you may expose.”

Ticking down a notch on the classy drink rating scale the duo presents the “Cape Canaveral Caprese.” Ariana introduces this specialty drink as “more than a drink. It is an appetizer. The unexpected flavors will surprise them, and it is the perfect warm up to the main course.” She also adds “originally from Florida she would watch space shuttle launches from her front yard. The experience so astonishing she paid tribute.

Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers contains nearly 100 pages of Classy Drinks including “The Cosmo” a series of five different margaritas, as well as those given such intriguing names as the “STL Red Hot Rita,” “Mint Jewel,” “Ghost of Mary,” the “Red Devil,” “LA Sour,” “Self-Indulgent” and “Gentlemen’s Curse.”


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The next sixty-five pages are filled with some of the ultimate trashiest cocktails one will find in any mixologist’s repertoire. Of course, the drink meter in the side bar registers the ultimate trashy cocktail with a full flush left.

“Pregame,” served in an empty water bottle, is given the total trash rating and is made with two ounces of whisky, bar-b-que sauce, honey, sugar and water. “Bloody Desperate,” a hair of the dog breakfast cocktail and of course the ‘I Don’t Do Coke” created with Blanco Tequila and served in a rock glass. Other trash cocktails are “Cereal Dater,” “Mad Madix,” “Citron Cleanse.”

Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers also includes twenty-five page “Shots” section. Any party goer cringes with the memories of college and Jell-O shots or worse. Our team of spirited explorers have developed Ice Shots, Gelatin Shots, “Hewes Your Daddy,” “The Refresher,” “The Promotion,” and “Tomikaze” named after author Tom Sandoval.


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Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers is beautifully crafted with full size glossy photos, easy to read instructions for home school mixologist or those looking to impress. The book also includes plenty of photo shoot style pictures of the two as the create atmosphere. Woven throughout are brand new photos and behind the scenes stories crafted with the help of Bravo Insider and co-author Danny Pellegrino. The front and back cover are filled with snapshots of the couple’s times together.

For fans of Vanderpump Rules, it is a must have. Just in time for parties and gift giving Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers by Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval will be released December 3, 2019. 

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