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Libations of Life: A Girl's Guide to Life: One Cocktail at a Time [Hardcover]

Dee Brun
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Sept. 5 2007

When life hands you nothing but lemons, just slice, squeeze into a pitcher, add gin or vodka, stir and serve.

Life's highs and lows for working adults provide a hilarious subtext to the creative cocktails that take center stage in Dee Brun's Libations of Life.

Chapters such as "It's Not Me, It's You," "The Dating/Relationship Pool... and Its Lack of Lifeguards," "Trim the Back Fat" and "Trolling Cocktails" deliver a hefty portion of humor along with great cocktail ideas. Whether it's advice on how to chill during a breakup or, more importantly, how to whip up a He Called Me by His Ex's Name on the Rocks (with a splash of uncomfortable silence), this book has all the answers (in this case, the recipe for the deliciously fresh Plenty of Fish in the Sea Sling).

With great cocktail recipes to enjoy no matter what the current status of the relationship, Libations of Life will have its readers shaking, mixing or stirring like a pro. Among the other cocktails featured:

  • The I Need More Space Daiquiri
  • The Please Don't Stalk Me Caesar, with a Slice of Restraining Order
  • The I'm Going to Leave Him Martini, with a Slice of Dignity
  • The I'm Emotionally Unavailable Manhattan
  • The Maybe Next Time Mojito, with a Wedge of Hope
  • The He Must Have Lost My Number on the Rocks.

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About the Author

Dee Brun is an imaginative new writer whose decade of bartending has equipped her with the skills to stir, shake and mix with the best.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


Where do I begin talking about this little book I have put together? I like to think of the cocktails on these pages as my libations of life. First, let's explore what the word "libation" really means. There are three definitions for this fun little word, all of them very apropos for the topics explored in this book.


  1. An act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice. Sacrifice being the key word in this sentence. What don't we sacrifice in the pursuit of love, health, and happiness?
  2. An act or instance of drinking, often ceremoniously. Life is filled with all kinds of ceremonies, and we tend to celebrate these with a cheers!
  3. A drink containing alcohol ... need I say more?

It took many years, tears, and facing fears to research this little book. Not to mention quite a few very rough mornings. I would like to know what dog I am supposed to have a hair off of. My inspiration came from exhilarating highs (one too many shots of tequila), unbearable lows (one too many bad dates), and truly great friends (always full of humorous wisdom). Through all the good, the bad, and ugly (believe me there was ugly), I learned to live, love, and believe in myself. During all of this I was able to cheers every small, yet significant, victory, celebrate every precious moment, and sometimes just numb the sting of a bad day. I did all of this with the help of good family and friends, revealing conversations, and, of course, the reason for this little book, a COCKTAIL!


  1. Substitute any of the alcohol I have chosen with your favorite.
  2. Ignore any "warning label" I have attached to a cocktail. Go ahead and throw caution to the wind.

It's all about picking your poison, breaking the rules, and living life to the fullest (without selling yourself short or landing yourself in jail, of course). No lady should ever start a story with: "This one time, I had a body cavity search..."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Laughing Jan. 2 2008
Love this book!!!!!
I have never read anything like it before. Every girl needs one!!!
The cocktails are great and so easy to make. The writing is fresh and funny. A total "how too" for life....
I ought one for everyone of my girl friends. They all said it was the best gift they got!!!!
I want more,,,,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE Jan. 2 2008
I received this book for Christmas and I am still laughing. I bought 5 more copies for friends. A MUST HAVE in every girls book collection.
Totally unique, one of the funniest books I have read. The cocktails are easy to make and taste great.
Looking forward to more from this new writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT Dec 9 2007
I love this book. So much fun. I laughed from beginning to end. I made some of the cocktails and they are great and easy. I had to buy one for all my girlfriends for Christmas. This is the new MUST HAVE!!!!
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