Review for Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? and Other Cocktails for ’90s Kids

Review for Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? and Other Cocktails for ’90s Kids

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

OH MY! That was my reaction when I spotted this book on Netgalley and saw the title. OMG, that is just perfection. I already loved the book before I even read it. Anyone making cocktails from stuff from the ’90s must be awesome. 🙂 And adding puns to it? Yes, yes please.

I had tons and tons of fun reading this. Didn’t make any of the cocktails, sorry, 8.19pm here when I write this on April 16th, I am not about to go to the store and grab all the stuff one needs. Maybe I will make a list of those I want to try and one day grab all the stuff I need. There were several recipes that I have to try out, based on either the name of the drink or the ingredients, or maybe even the pictures. Because those pictures really made the book even more fun to read, seeing all those gorgeous cocktails (some were just too pretty to drink though).

I loved the titles to the drinks but also the description to each one. Some had me in stitches, some I was just nodding along or saying things like OH YES. There were a few that weren’t instantly recognisable, some I looked up and suddenly knew all about it. Like with songs… I had the whole song + lyrics in my head the moment the song began on Youtube. Others, for part maybe a cultural thing, I live in Europe, so maybe those things mentioned didn’t come over to where I live (for instance pop rocks, or that one fact about Mikey from Life cereal commercial fame (who??? what??, or things like Zima and SunnyD). Then there were others that consisted of stuff I didn’t care to watch (like Twin Peaks). I still appreciated the recipes even if I didn’t know the inspiration for them.

I was just laughing so loudly at some of the titles to the cocktails. Like this one: “I’ll never let yuzu go, Jack.” But there are also enough puns in the descriptions. For the Livin’ La Vida Coco drink: “Basically, something that’ll make you shake your bon-bon.”

There are also facts and little tidbits and even some extras to the recipes you could do or add.

I loved the added playlist and the other things that were concluded in the end. Though I just tried looking for it on Spotify.. and it is not there. 🙁

All in all, this is one cocktail book I would HIGHLY recommend. It is fun, hilarious, and there are some delicious looking/sounding drinks that you just want to try out.

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