I love this book, or at least, I love the idea of this book. It is inarguably beautiful and when left on the coffee table or bar, it is always one of the first things that gets picked up, usually with the guest wanting to mix up a random concoction. Great right? That's what a bar book is for, isn't it? Well, sadly, it usually ends in disappointment. The ingredients in this book, even if you disregard the need for them to be organic, are not generally found in even the most well stocked bar. Also, several of the recipes require homemade simple syrups that need a decent amount of prep time. Don't get me wrong, if you are willing to commit to a recipe and spend the time and money, both of which are considerable, you will be rewarded with a drink that is likely to be both delicious and memorable. Chances are, if you try enough of the recipes here, you will end up with a new favorite drink.
Buy this book if you are someone who entertains often and likes to offer a featured drink when they throw a party.
Don't buy this book if you're not willing to spend a decent amount of money and a good bit of time and effort to try something new.
Okay... I confess that I never really thought about the possibility of liquors and mixers being organic, but it does make sense given how many parts of our food chain have been reengineered and rendered. So this was something of an education for me. And a tasty one at that (experienced in moderation of course) First, we have the explanation of organic distilled liquors, and given the possibility for chemical manipulation it makes for some interesting fact gathering. As for … more
Personally I consider books on cocktails and spirits as interesting and important as cookbooks themselves. I'm usually a beer and wine person and like an occasional kamikaze or vanilla cranberry but this little gem of a book has some really neat concoctions, organic or not, this is full of great ideas and gorgeous pictures. The book is stuffed with modern, hip and innovative recipes with helpful information and stunning images for drinks such as Secret Garden, sangria-la, … more
This is a book you'll use for a planned cocktail party rather than an impromptu cocktail as most cocktails have ingredients that are usually not on hand. Saffron, blue agave nectar, pomegranate juice just to name a few. It also uses the organic version of all fruits and even liquor but you can choose not to use the organic version. Many cocktails are based on tequila respado made from blue agave as it blends well in fruitier cocktails. Some of the ingredients in the cocktails … more
I have a number of books on mixing drinks and really do not need another one. But this one caught my eye. When you see the pictures inside you will understand, they are fantastic. It really makes every drink look so much more enticing. I was a little confused on the title, organic drinks? Ok, just another spin on the whole health food craze? Yes, that's exactly what it is, a drink book using only organic ingredients. The book lists many companies that produce organic spirits, … more
I will start off saying that this book is presented very well and many of the full-page color photographs look so good that it will make your mouth water. There are a handful of interesting recipes. The frozen berry bellini caught my eye in particular. It is a mixture of organic berries with champagne, simple syrup, pineapple juice and ice. The Watermelon Cooler looks delicious as well and so does the Pear Tea Martini. However I would respectfully pass on the overwhelming majority of recipes in … more
Don't let the title of this book scare you away! The Organic, Shaken and Stirred Cocktail Book has tons of unique recipes along with gorgeous full color pictures. Most of the ingredients are simple to find either at your local liquor store or available online. The author also suggests many alternatives you can use in recipes if you can't find a "hard to find" ingredient. You don't HAVE to make these cocktails organic or green. If you don't want to go to the trouble of finding organic liquors or … more
The perfect combination of hipster cocktails and modern sensibility. Abercrombie collected a wonderfully tempting selection of beverages sure to tickle tastebuds. He also discussed organic and earth friendly liquors and gives the low-down on tips and tools. I wonder about accessibility for unique liquors in less-than-metropolitan-locales. A great guide for anyone ready to set up a fantastic bar- even if you don't stick with the "green" slant. Going green has never been so … more
Organic is everywhere these days, including the cocktail scene. Trendsetting bars and bartenders across the country are adding organic drinks to their menus, and now it's possible to make these cutting edge creations at home with this collection of 100 eco-friendly, organic cocktails featuring cutting edge flavors and fresh ingredients. In five chapters, Paul Abercrombie offers such innovative recipes as the Saffron Margarita, Blackberry Mojito, and Lavender Lemon Drop, accompanied by stunning four-color photos throughout.