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The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book

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This was a weird one for me to read because I’ve never actually seen the Big Lebowski. I’ve heard great things, but I’m horrible at consuming content and just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and watch! I am, however, very into cocktails and cookbooks. The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book is filled with amazing sounding cocktails and a ton of references, that I’m sure any Lebowski fan will absolutely love.

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This was a fun book with a different spin on cocktails as they are all linked to characters or themes in the movie the Big Lebowski. The various cocktail recipes are interspersed with film facts and character descriptions so generally entertaining, especially if you have watched this movie classic.
It is a homage to the various characters and my favourite was the Sobchak inspired by Walter Sobchak a 53 year old Vietnam veteran, converted to Judaism and the Dude's best friend. It combines fruit brandy with ginger beer and a dash of bitters-a great summer drink. I also found a cocktail for my bottle of Pisco - just waiting for the right time to try out the Treehorn. Last but not least is The Dude - a classic White Russian to sip and enjoy over ice.
A book for fans of the film and for new takes on cocktails you may know and love.

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My husband is the biggest fan of The Big Lebowski so he loved when I tested out some of the recipes found in this book. I thought it was well written, I liked the variety of recipes available to choose from.

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The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book is a fun book for cocktail enthusiasts and movie fans of The Dude. It’s filled with fun illustrations, references to the movie’s characters, and of course great recipes. This would make a great gift and would be the perfect addition to a retro-style bar cart.

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for this ARC.

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The Big Lebowski is my absolutely favorite movie so this book was a no brainer for me. I loved the recipes and all the music pairings. My favorite was all the Dude facts.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – becker & mayer, for this wonderful little book on how to prepare popular culture cocktails. Award winning author André Darlington has come up with how to create these and more iconic cocktails at home:
The Dude (White Russian)
Martini Drink Cocktail
The Nihilist
Bowling with Jesus
Maude’s Manhattan
Additionally, about 50 signature drinks, this beautifully designed unofficial cocktail book can be used for parties and Get togethers.

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I love the movie The Big Lebowski, so when I saw this book, I just had to give a review. This book is amazing. I love all the references to the film, and the look of the pages. I also really enjoy the fact there are different levels for those who are less experienced making cocktails, and those who are more advanced. I am on the less advanced level, and I found the recipes to be delicious. I found the fact they told all the tools and items needed at the beginning of the book extremely helpful.

I love this book, and I cannot wait to get my hardcopy!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC.

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I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

I am going to preface this review by letting you know that I have not tried any of the recipes in this book at this time, because that would require me to build up my home bar or host a party where everyone brings a needed bottle of booze. I am very seriously considering doing the latter however, because I could also make the food items and we could watch the movie and it sounds like kind of a great idea to me.

Anyway, the cocktail recipes provided here seem pretty simple, although there are a few ingredients that I'm probably going to have to google to figure out where to buy them (like cocktail onions, what the heck are those? Also ew.) But even though I haven't made any of these recipes yet, I'm fairly confident that I can pull most of them off with relative ease once I have the necessary ingredients. There are definitely some that sound more appealing to me than others, but that really boils down to personal drink preferences.

The biggest highlight of this cookbook in my opinion is the illustrations. They are so bright and colorful and just absolutely early 90s. They're eye-catching and give a rough idea of what the cocktails should look like when they're completed without having to be actual cocktails. And while my memory of the movie is quite rusty, I'm pretty sure they include some key pieces that are relevant to each cocktail's inspiration.

This is a book that I would definitely buy for my home cookbook collection, and you really gotta' splurge for the physical copy because the digital version just isn't it. It'll get the job done in a pinch, but there's no way it provides the same experience.

Overall I give this book 4.73 out of 5 stars.

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Super cute, funky illustrations & creative naming. Huge selection of cocktails. My partner is a huge Lebowski fan and he loves these recipes.

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Great idea and very entertaining book that mixes explanations of scenes in the movie and cocktails.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine

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This is So Good, I Shared some of the Recipes with My Brother & He Absolutely Loves Them, I Would Defiantly Want to obtain the physical Version of this Book!
(Thanks to Net Galley for the Cocktail Book).

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This was an interesting and eclectic mix of drinks and some small bites to accompany these drinks based on The Big Lebowski. They are all simple and straightforward. It appears to be very on theme with the film and includes some related anecdotes.

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Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of The Unofficial Big Labowski by Andre Darlington. This book was well thought out and well put together. I think it's more suited for a commercial establishment and not the regular Joe. But i enjoyed perusing it nonetheless.

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Thank you NetGalley and Epic Ink for the ARC cocktail book!

I originally requested because my husband and I both love this movie and always drink White Russians while watching, but it was so much more!

I enjoyed the addition of a song choice to play with every drink of choice, and especially enjoyed the Star Lanes cocktail.

The snacks are a fun add-on as well.

Highly recommended for fans of the movie and just trying new cocktails all together.

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As a fan of the film The Big Lebowski, I was so excited to look through this cocktail book. And I was not disappointed!

There is a significant portion of the book dedicated to summarizing particular scenes, characters, or references in the movie. The first section goes in-depth into the supplies and methods that one should use to mix cocktails. Each recipe is accompanied by an entertaining illustration, full of references to the movie and an appropriate dose of midcentury charm. Following the drinks, there is also a section dedicated to movie-themed party snacks. To conclude, the author thoughtfully included party planning tips.

This book contains absolutely everything that a host/ess would need to plan a Big Lebowski themed cocktail party. Actually, I’m excited for its publication because I have a few people in mind that would love to receive this book as a gift. It would make a wonderful introduction to cocktails for anyone in their early 20s. The prerequisite, of course, is familiarity with The Big Lebowski. And if they aren’t familiar with the movie…then a BlueRay would complete the gift!

There are some recipes that sound absolutely delicious, and I can’t wait to try them. The pumpkin spice White Russian seems to be the only recipe that doesn’t quite fit the theme—but its amusing acknowledgement that The Dude is willing to use powdered creamer and probably wouldn’t be too proud to use pumpkin spice if it was at hand makes up for the stretch.

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This cocktail book has delightful illustrations and creative drink recipes based on The Big Lebowski. Of course, there are multiple White Russian takes, too. Speaking as a huge fan of the movie, and BL fan would love this. I certainly did! Thanks so much to NetGalley for the ARC!

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Truth be told, I thought this was just going to be a goof with mediocre drinks for fans of The Dude. I jumped at the chance to check it out on NetGalley and strapped in for some laughs…this is actually a brilliant, well thought out and executed cocktail book! I’m thoroughly impressed that something I expected to be a bit of gimmick turned out to be so stellar.

This book makes me want to have a party just as an excuse to try out every single recipe. A few aren’t my taste and I wouldn’t make for myself, but I’ve spent enough time behind the bar to know (just from the ingredients and methods) that they’re great cocktails and will be well loved. What’s even better is that the majority of the recipes are right up my alley.

The tips and tools are all covered for beginners and this is definitely not another “I’ll buy it to have on my bar shelf and never use”, it truly has some twists on originals I’ll be exploring. Anyone can slap a character name or reference on a drink, but Darlington actually pulls it off with the perfect mashups. I found myself nodding in a “yesss, I totally get that” way. I appreciate that thought process and love when people create from character inspiration.

The illustrations are fun, yet not distracting. Sprinkled throughout are “Dude Facts” and song pairings that really drive home the thought and passion that went into this.

Even if you’re a White Russian die hard that can’t imagine dabbling, I promise you will find something to either enhance your experience, be it an ingredient, a prep tip, etc. Hey, there’s even a snacky portion as well as menu/pairing plans.

This was a fun journey that will only continue as I restock the home bar and experiment with more recipes. Love the opportunity to check this out in advance, I’ve already hopped on and pre-ordered a physical copy.

Darlington is clearly an artist and I’m eager to checkout other publications.

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This book is an ode to The Big Lebowski, and in fact to Los Angeles itself, told entirely through cocktail recipes that the author aptly describe as being "as lazy as possible while still remaining modern". The book is divided into 3 basic sections-- drinks that can simply be poured, those that are shaken, and those that are stirred. As a special bonus, and in true homage to the film, a fourth section deals exclusively with variations on the White Russian.

When I saw this book I was immediately interested. I used to love occasionally mixing cocktails at home and for friends, but 2 kids later I barely remember what alcohol tastes like. Seeing the cover made me remember how I used to enjoy my amateur mixology and the taste of a well made cocktail, so I decided to grab this and see if it inspired me to return to my cocktail making.

The drink recipes here are generally simple, though they do increase in complexity as you make your way through the book, and each recipe is accompanied by an absolutely gorgeous full-page illustration that makes you wish you could make the cocktail in question immediately. There are also ridiculously apt song pairings with each recipe, which adds a wonderful touch.

The drink names all tie in beautifully to the film, from the Bunny Lebowski to the Bowling With Jesus. I also appreciated that if a drink name was a bit obscure to you, the authors provided a clear and humorous explanation for how it all ties together. However, I definitely think someone interested in beginning their cocktail mixing journey would love and benefit from this book even if they had never seen the film-- the recipes and their accompanying pictures can definitely stand alone and speak for themselves.

This book has absolutely inspired me to return to mixology-- I cannot wait to try several of these with my husband and some friends over the coming weekend.

I will update this review with links to the review on my blog and other social media sites closer to the publication date.

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The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail book by Andre Darlington would make a fantastic addition to anyone's home library that is interested in having their own in-home bar. Although the recipes do stick to the movie's theme, it also includes very informative basic info on what ingredients and tools are needed to set up a successful in-home bar. I love how the chapters are arranged by the difficulty level of the drink. You can literally start at the beginning and work your way up to the more complex recipes. This is a really fun and informative book with great illustrations and recipes. Perfect for anyone who loves the Big Lebowski or for someone who just wants to know how to make a tasty drink.

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I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the e-book. My husband loves this movie so much! I was so excited to see this. There are tons of drinks and food recipes that I can't wait to try for his up and coming birthday!
I love the design of the book also. The colors and the way it was out together is really cute. Highly recommend for fans out there that love this movie.

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