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WitchCraft Cocktails: From Aphrodite's Love Potion to Mercurial Grounding Elixir, 75 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic and Ritual

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A stunning collection of 75 witchcraft-inspired drink recipes with inspiration for creating your very own spirited cocktails to benefit your practice.

For centuries, witches have been using spirits of all forms during rituals and celebrations. Now, today’s modern witch can learn how to make the perfect powerful witchcraft cocktail.

All you need is a delicious and easy reci
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Adams Media
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Witchcraft Cocktails starts off as any good witchy cookbook should, by regaling the reader with the history of how these ingredients relate to our craft and the purposes they can serve; in this case, a quick glimpse at the history of ancient witches utilizing spirits in their craft and a short explanation of why alcohol can be such a valuable part of spellwork. It then launches into a chapter of definitions and correlations that I thought were so interesting (such as using rum for neutralizing n ...more
Susan Z
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun interesting take on alcoholic beverages. Although I don't believe in the the power of witches, this is still a very useful guide with recipes to make your own syrups and shrubs for flavoring in addition to full cocktail recipes.

This is no simple cocktail book, but one to use when you want to up your game and bring complex flavors together.

Recipes are grouped by season, and the photos are very well done, I just wish there were more.

Thank you Adam's Media and NetGalley for this ARC
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Alicia Bayer
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous and incredibly well done book of witchy cocktails. While I am not Wiccan, I can appreciate the book for the wealth of information that author Julia Halina Hadas passes on about everything from Tarot cards to crystals to chakras along with really thorough bartending information and then a wonderful array of Wiccan cocktails for each season of the year. Beautiful photos show more than half of the cocktails (I wish it was all) and each one has an intro about its purpose. Spells a ...more
Trio
WitchCraft Cocktails

YUM, okay yes just yum! These are some of the most delicious sounding cocktails, as well as some of the prettiest. Made extra tasty with the addition of some gorgeous syrups and sparkly adornments, the concoctions in WitchCraft Cocktails are an inspiration!

Cleverly organized by season, this recipe book is just plain fun to read. Starting with Fall, of course, we’re encouraged to stir up a witch’s brew, or a pumpkin martini. And plenty of unique drinks for the other seasons as
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Rebecca Reviews
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julia Halina Hadas’ WitchCraft Cocktails is a fun, well-written, and unique collection of magical drink recipes. I love the stunning pictures but I really wish that book had included much more pictures of the finished drinks as well as the various magical elements.

This is a fairly lengthy book that is packed with fascinating information and great recipes. However, I never feel overwhelmed because of Hadas’ approachable and easy-to-read language. This book is so fun and interesting that you’ll b
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Natalie
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Witchcraft cocktails is a stunningly put together cocktail book mixed with witchcraft and magic.

The beginning of the book gives information on witchcraft, spells, ingredients and how these relate to witchcraft and spell making then moves on to the cocktails themselves. The cocktails featured are stunning and I hope when I make them they look as good as the pictures. This book
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this one! It's incredibly well done. Full of history and useful information. Visually pleasing. Organized by the seasons. This is definitely not a book you want to miss.

**Arc Via NetGalley**
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Elaine Howlin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful cocktail books I’ve seen. I love the style of the whole thing but the photography is quite stunning.

WitchCraft Cocktails details some very interesting witchy history as it relates to alcohol as well mixology basics and general witchcraft. You learn so much more than just how to mix drinks! Each cocktail’s recipe comes with an Energies section and an Advanced Magic section so it’s really like potion making. Perfect if you’re a witch or just want a bit of fun making theme
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Becky
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, cookbooks
What an amazingly fun and unique cookbook! I am not a wiccan, or follow any of these rituals religiously, but I found all the information fascinating. A bit of background on crystals and chakras and how to utilize these for a whole body/life enhancer. Plenty of fun recipes for unique and quality drinks. The pictures are gorgeous and enticing.

Recipes are separated into seasons. This makes it easy to find something fun for a holiday party or in alignment of a solstice. Recipes include advanced mag
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Monika
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
My first ever Cocktail cookbooks! 70 witchy recipes perfect for halloween or themed parties. This book also offers some unknown history about witchcraft and alcohol + recipes for homemade syrups (like elderberry syrup). Every recipe has a tarot card fact. Its was fun to read and even tried one of the recipes (Love Potion) 😂

Author Julia is a bartender and a practicing witch!

Thank you Netgalley, Adams Media and Julia Hadas for the ARC.
Erin Emily
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely stunning book. As a bartender and practicing witch, this is an essential for my bar cart! There was a wonderful mix of actual cocktail making info and adding in witchcraft. I would buy this for any witchy friends in a heartbeat!
Carmen
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I received a copy from Adams Media through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out because it seemed like an interesting take on cocktails. I knew it was inspired by witchcraft, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how the author combined cocktails and witchcraft. I could tell that she is a practicing witch as well as a well-versed bartender right away.

The book starts out with a bit of history on alcohol, witchcraft, and general herb prese
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Cathy Geha
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Witchcraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas
70 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic and Ritual

Gorgeous, gracious, generous, and greatly appreciated by me – this is a book I would love to have in my collection!

What I liked:
* The stunning photographs took my breath away
* The stemware and tools were divine
* The seriousness of the book along with the fun
* The idea of enhancing spells while also inspiring specific energies
* That Basic Bartending and Basic Witchcraft were addressed
* Moderation and Respo
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Jenn
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about WitchCraft Cocktails! The descriptions, the pictures, the recipes, and the detail put into every recipe was just amazing.

First and foremost, WitchCraft Cocktails: From Aphrodite's Love Potion to Mercurial Grounding Elixir, 75 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic and Ritual would be a wonderful addition to anyone's cocktail repertoire even if only for the drink recipes themselves. But beyond that, for it's true and intended purpose, this book is just a stunning compilation
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The Shakti Witch
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one very sophisticated cocktail book. There are few on publishing programs for 2020 but THIS is the one to own!

Practicing witch, bartender and craft cocktail enthusiast, Julia Halina Hadas shares with readers her historical knowledge of libations and magick. Included is bar tending basics, how to approach your magickal brews and a variety of easy to make ingredients such as shrubs and syrups. A full list of correspondences is provided so too recipes for popular drinks so you can experime
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Emily
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
More like a 4.5

I have tried three of the recipes and I liked 2 of them a lot and one not so much

I'm gonna make an effort to try more cocktails from this book and relearn my bartending skills
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Lauryn
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would buy this book just for the gorgeous photos! But the book is also informative and packed with tantalizing cocktail recipes that are divided by season. The book contains basic bartending skills as well as a history of how alcohol and magic have been intertwined, followed by a discussion of "Witchcraft Basics."

There are so many great cocktail recipes in this book, and I can't wait to try some of them out!

Witchcraft Cocktails is available from booksellers on 8 September 2020. Thanks to Juli
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Kathleen
Witchcraft Cocktails earns 5+/5 Sips of Magic...Aaaah!

I have been exploring many facets of witchcraft lore and history along with Wicca beliefs and rituals, and as part of that journey, I have found Julia Halina Hadas, “practicing witch, bartender, and craft cocktail fanatic.” “Witchcraft Cocktails,” a gorgeous book with lovely photos (my favorite element of any recipe book), is a delightfully entertaining and informational guide. Across the ages infusing potent potables with magic and ritual ha
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Rebecca Elson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet's website on 09/08/2020.

If you have read the website for any time at all, or follow me on social media, you know that I am a lady that loves to eat and drink. I love it even more when my website enables my vice! Entering from stage right is, “Witchcraft Cocktails: 70 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic & Ritual” by Julia Halina Hadas. That is right, witchy shit meets booze. I am here for it.

“Witchcraft Cocktails” is a beautiful blend of barten
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Janet
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? BTW - stay home and save lives!!!!!!!! No tan is worth dying for.

I requested and re
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Annie
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

WitchCraft Cocktails is is a mixology reference with recipes developed by Julia Halina Hadas. Due out 8th Sept. from Simon & Schuster on their Adams Media imprint, it's 224 pages (print version) and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

There is a long intertwined history between witchcraft and alcohol. The author writes authoritatively about craft, practice, and alcohol from the past down to the present as well as a short lesson on
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Allie Marini
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I really love reading cookbooks, but to be honest, I'm a harder sell for mixology books because I'm pretty clueless about alcohol. Basically, I know it gets you drunk and sometimes it tastes better than other times! I usually only go for themed mixology books, like Tequila Mockingbird and Gone With the Gin. So taking a mixology book and fusing it with elements of witchcraft and paired crystal magic -- th
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Janey
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a gorgeous book - the pictures are beautiful and engaging and absolutely make me want to make every single one of these recipes. Every cocktail looks like a potion straight out of a witch's cauldron and I wish each image also included a detailed list of where I can get some witchy glassware with the decor to match.

This book is immensely educational - it blends fun, stylish imagery with really interesting details on the basics of both bartending and witchcraft. This isn't a shallow pop cu
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Kara
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for review.

Witchcraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas is a collection of cocktail recipes - some familiar and some new - with special attention to how these drinks can aid and uplift one’s magical practice. This is largely achieved through an exploration of the correspondences between ingredients and the elements, the seasons, astrological signs, crystals, and the tarot.

The recipes are preceded by a brief primer on cocktail making (t
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Cat
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never really gave a thought to using alcohol along with spells; how novel! Of course, not being a drinker of alcohol it would never have occurred to me to add libations of any sort to my collection of spells! Nevertheless, I still enjoy reading about various alcoholic beverages to keep up with the times (Beer brewing, distillation, cordial making, etc...). Craft beers being all the rage and lately distillation of whisky has led to many new cocktails being created and I like to read about them. ...more
Crystal
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Adams Media for providing me with an e-arc of the book in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 Stars!

Holy Moly! I'm not sure I knew what I was getting when I first opened this book- in the best way possible. For someone who does not follow witchcraft practices, this was all very new to me and Hadas made it so easy to understand and follow along with. The book starts by providing a history of alcohol and witchcraft and how they've intersected over time. Then, there is a
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Jamie Jack
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Increase Your Kitchen Witch Cred

What a fun book of cocktails meant for those who consider themselves witches or who practice pagan magic. The book starts much like any other cocktail book, describing barkeeping basics like different types of alcohol and tools of the trade. Then it gets more interesting. There's also an introductory section about what the authors call “Witchcraft Basics.” In this section, she talks about various magical associations like planets, sun signs, tarot major arcana, an
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Mellissa Bushby
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I hardly ever give 5 stars, I reserve that distinction for books that are for some reason beloved, that I cherish, books that are like precious treasures that you take out and polish for when the days are dark, or you are in need of comfort or a walk down memory lane... or whatever.

There are many reasons why a book can be considered exceptional to someone, and this one has a bunch of them. It is so absolutely my cup of tea (or cup of Persephone's Descent, if you will). Here you will find i
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Lisa
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a kitchen witch and self proclaimed libation queen, I found myself intrigued at the latest offering by Julia Halina Hadas, WitchCraft Cocktails. What I found inside was a collection of perfectly named drinks (The Reaper, Ace of Swords, etc.,) that contain elements of ritual and incorporate astrology, crystals, herbs and seasons (among other tools) into potions that promote manifestations. Most of the recipes require some prep work such as making the infused ingredients or shopping for the bot ...more
Margaret
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I am neither a witch nor do I drink more than an occasional something socially, but I am interested in natural processes and being in alignment with the needs of our bodies and our world. This book includes mostly alcoholic drinks, but also a good number of non-alcoholic ones, like the spiced cider called "The Witch's Offering" and the hot cocoa "Restoring Chocolate Lux." I am going to be trying those as soon as this hot weather turns.

What this book does that I admire most is wea
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Julia Halina Hadas is a practicing witch, avid craft cocktail fanatic and bartender, and magical mixologist. Having worked at a distillery and as a craft cocktail bartender in the San Francisco Bay Area, she combined her love of the craft cocktail movement with her witchcraft practice. She holds a BA in anthropology, and is a certified crystal healer, shamanic, and reiki practitioner. In her free ...more

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