Review of Sips & Apps: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Cocktails and Appetizers

When it comes to cocktails and appetizers, chef Kathy Casey is an expert at balancing flavors and textures. Sips & Apps has 100 recipes that include not only classics like the Martini and Manhattan but also creative new concoctions like the Douglas Fir Sparkletini and the Blue Thai Mojito. Appetizers include simple finger foods like Roasted Pear Crostini with Gorgonzola and ChaCha Cashews and more substantial treats like Asian Shrimp Cakes with Sweet Chili Sauce. Lots of info on stocking a home bar and plenty of techniques and extras (like a nifty double ribbon marker labeled ‘sips’ and ‘apps’) make it easy to match up the right sip with the right app.


You can see the passion Kathy has writing this book. The amazing appetizers and very creative designs are found in the book.

I recommend this book just for the drink recipes. It is a bonus with the amazing appetizers.

I can’t wait to make the berrylicious sangria my next BBQ!


Kathy Casey is a bar chef and international food, beverage and restaurant consultant. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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