Review: Mrs Lilien’s Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook

Mrs Lilien’s Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Potter Style
Pages: 106
Source: book provided by for review



From the author of Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook, Kelley Lilien presents 50 delicious recipes from the cocktail world’s newest trend–dessert-inspired drinks–infused with her signature mix of well-mannered style and down-and-dirty indulgences.

Beautifully designed in an easy-to-use swatchbook, Mrs. Lilien’s cocktails are pictorially represented in glossy four-color photographs. Simply fan the book out to your desired recipe, glance at the artfully arranged photos, and instantly know which ingredients and festive trimmings the cocktail requires.

Organized by hot and cold after-dinner cocktails, and each recipe includes a bold bonus ingredient suggestion (rock candy swizzle sticks, anyone?), sure to surprise and delight.

Recipes Include:

Gin & Tonic Sorbet, Frozen Watermelon Poptail, Rum & Coke Float, So Co Snow Cone, Frozen Chocolate Whiskey Malt, Riesling Rhubarb Slushy, Lemon Sorbet Float, Champagne Jell-O Shots

Campfire Cordial, Hot Chai Bourbon Tea, Hot Buttered Rum, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Toasted Coco-Rum Steamers, Vanilla Bourbon Bon Bon, Ginger Tart Toddy, Spiked Peppermint Patty


Review:  I was in the mood for a cookbook of sorts, so when I came across this book it just called out to me.   I was immediately drawn to the idea of the fan format, which I thought might make it easier to stay on the recipe you want rather than a traditionally bound book.  I’ll admit thought that once I had the book in hand, it was a little awkward to browse.  However, once you find the recipe you want to make, it is convenient.  There is no index, but the recipes are color coded depending on whether you’re looking for a cold or hot dessert cocktail.

There are two pages of “directions” before delving into 50 recipes.  The recipes are fun showing all the ingredients and the best way to serve the “drink” (the first one was an adult popsicle, so they aren’t all traditional drinks) with awesome photos and  clear directions on how to make it.

I’ll admit that I’m not a huge drinker and many of the recipes included ingredients (like coffee) that I don’t like.  But even though I don’t see myself making many of these drinks, I do think this will be a great addition to my cookbooks and a handy book to have when throwing a party.