The Story Behind Cocktails and Mock-Tales by Julianne McLean & Mark Lynch

On a balmy summer’s evening in the historic and pretty German city of Leipzig this book was conceived.

Cocktails and Mock-TalesHere I was treated to the most sensational cocktail that I have ever tasted. It was so good, one could say it was “out of this world”. Master Cocktail Creator, Joerg Braun, told me that this cocktail was titled “Amadeus” after musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and was one of his award winning cocktails.

I tentatively asked for the recipe and Joerg graciously agreed, penning the ingredients on a paper napkin. A subsequent visit to the Mephisto bar and coffee lounge to sample their mock-tails deepened my resolve. Why not make these delicious recipes available to all? “Cocktails and Mock Tales” was born.

The next step was to find an illustrator. How could I overlook my old friend and colleague, Mark Lynch? Mark’s biting wit and satirical cartoons are surpassed by none. He, too, has won many prestigious awards for his cartoon works. Mark, fortunately for me, agreed to take on his part of the project.

“Cocktails and Mock Tales” is not just about alcoholic beverages. The book is about sensations that tickle your tastebuds and humour that tickles your fancy. It includes non-alcoholic beverages that the whole family can enjoy , herbal recipes for the adventurous, and even vegetables.

About the Authors

Julianne McLeanJulianne has created & organized targeted national launches, press coverage, television appearances, publicity events and community service affiliations for a varied range of entities including: “Masai Barefoot Technology” – therapeutic footwear company; award-winning cartoonist Mark Lynch’s book – “How Green is My Planet” with forewords from Spike Milligan and David Suzuki; best-selling recipe book, “Barbies for Blokes” with recipes from celebrities such as Peter Brock, Jeff Fenech and Guy Leech and the sequel “More Barbies for Blokes” (These later publications were co-authored by Julianne); John Gill, eight times World Martial Arts Champion and Hornsby Council’s sports complexes that won the national award for “Best Swim School Promotion”. Julianne has just produced directed and written a DVD for Holland America Cruise lines based on their exercise programs and is publishing her new book “Cocktails and Mock Tales”.

Visit Julianne McLean on Facebook!

Mark LynchMark Lynch our Australian cartoonist, describes himself as being born “sometime in the middle of the last century.”

After doing a variety of Jobs, Mark became a QANTAS Flight attendant and he quips that “the next nineteen years of his life resembled an exotic beer commercial set in a variety of world- wide locations”.

Mark was editorial cartoonist for the leading publication, “The Australian” newspaper. His work has been enjoyed in more publications than you could count, ranging from Australian dailies, even ‘Le News Switzerland”. Mark’s cartoons appear in a variety of forms and diversity world-wide including video screens in the Berlin and Munich subway system where they are seen by 1.5 million people a day.

Mark is the recipient of 48 international and Australian cartoon awards!

Mark lives in Sydney with his lovely wife, Jenny, and two sons and to learn more about Mark and see further cartoons, visit


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