so many mojitos

101 MojitosSomeone pinch me because I can hardly believe it -- Kim Haasarud just published the sixth book in her 101 cocktail series, 101 Mojitos and Other Muddled Drinks. I can still remember the day when I thought up the idea for this series. Then I got in touch with Kim, and the rest is history. Here are some of my snapshots from behind the scenes at the shoot. You'll have to check out the actual book to see the real photos by the amazing Alexandra Grablewski.101 MojitosI've lost track of what these all are, but check out the cocktail on the right with the jalapeno in it. Spicy! Everything in these snapshots is styled by Brian Preston-Campbell. No way could I make cocktails that look this good myself.photoshootThat's Alexandra, the photographer.propspropsGorgeous props -- one of the best things about a cookbook photoshoot. How cool would it be to have a prop closet at home?101 MojitosI like some of these photos because unlike the real ones in the book, you can see the studio space and where the backgrounds run out. Of course those are no-no's in professional photography, but it's cool to see how things come together.101 MojitosThis snapshot is tightly cropped just like it would be in the book. When I see a drink photo like this, it makes me long for summer. I have been complaining endlessly about the winter this year, but come on... it was pretty bad! I'm ready for warm nights and ice cold, fruity cocktails about now.

101 Blender Drinks giveaway

101 Blender DrinksNote: This drawing is now closed. About a year ago I was blogging about a cool blender drinks photoshoot. The book, 101 Blender Drinks by Kim Haasarud, is out now, and if you live in the U.S. or Canada and post a comment, I'll enter you in a giveaway for a copy of the book. (If you Tweet the giveaway or post about it on Facebook, I'll be extra happy, but you still only get one entry per person.) These are some of my snapshots from the shoot -- the real photos in the book are by Alexandra Grablewski. Since I'm a mint addict, I just bought some mint ice cream to make the drink pictured above. For the full recipe, see below.101 Blender DrinksBrian Preston-Campbell101 Blender DrinksThose are some behind-the-scenes shots, including a photo of the food stylist, Brian Preston-Campbell, skillfully pouring from two pitchers at once.101 Blender Drinks101 Blender Drinks101 Blender DrinksAnd these are a few more snapshots I took of some of the frosty drinks. This is such a great book for summer. Remember to post a comment to be entered into the giveaway, and here is that minty drink recipe.Frozen Grasshopper1 large scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream1 1/2 ounces green creme de menthe1 1/2 ounces white creme de cacaoMint sprig, for garnishCombine the ice cream, creme de menthe, and creme de cacao in a blender and blend for about 5 seconds. Add about 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a mint sprig.