A Booze & Vinyl Christmas by Andre Darlington

I can’t say enough great things about A Booze & Vinyl Christmas by Andre´ Darlington. It features 45 of the greatest holiday albums produced from 1949 to 2021 – talk about a wide variety….

Chapter 1: Rock the Halls: includes LPs by Johnny Mathis, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Cheap Trick, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, A Motown Christmas (1973) and more!

Chapter 2: Warm & Fuzzy: includes Bing Crosby, Celine Dion, She & Him, Nat King Cole, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Boys ll Men, Barbra Streisand – and yes – even more!

Chapter 3: Jazzy & Classical: includes Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, John Legend – plus more!

And get this – there’s a brief history of each classic album paired with a “Side A” and “Side B” cocktail (including recipes). Also included: pointers on how to stock your bar for the holidays, a cocktail syrup recipe quick guide and a smattering of holiday recipes such as rum balls and gingerbread cookies.

The layout is dynamic perfection. It’s so easy read, you and your friends will be flipping through the pages while yakking away about those holiday classics from the past. The positively stellar photography will have everyone longing to take a retro step back in time. Full color photos also feature cocktails in beautiful vintage glassware and settings.

If you’re a fan of a wide variety of music and love the Christmas season, you’ll want to add this premo book to your personal library. Whether you enjoy your classic albums on vinyl, CD or other listening devices – or even if you enjoy a festive non-alchoholic beverage, this book will have you yearning for these holiday albums that are heard only in December.

This book was recently released in October by Running Press/Hachette Book Group. I’m reviewing it now because it really will make the perfect Christmas gift for yourself, a classic rocker friend, a fan of Christmas music or even someone who enjoys well-done and interesting cocktail books. A Booze & Vinyl Christmas is a compact coffee table book approx. 8 1/4” x 8 1/4” in size (over 140 pages) – making it easy to keep on an end table or coffee table, leaving room for your cocktails/snacks.

This is one of those books you’ll want to bring out every holiday season, keeping it handy for yourself or to spark a lively conversation with friends. And on those snowed-in December nights, toss some classic vinyl on the turntable, fix yourself a quiet cocktail and mellow out – or rock out – to the sounds of the season!

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A copy of this book and cover photo were provided by the publisher: Running Press/Hachette Book Group.

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