It’s time to hit the books and the booze to reinvigorate your cocktail recipes for warmer weather. Escape the heat with a breezy, homegrown summer drink, alcohol infused meal, or a fresh and fun frozen treat. These three new cocktail themed cookbooks will help you do just that. The right drink instantly elevates the occasion, whether you are celebrating or just unwinding, so let’s bring back cocktail time this summer!
Despite its title Stacy Laebs and Sherri Field’s new book Never Cook Sober Cookbook isn’t a manual for drinking while cooking but rather a clever collection of booze infused recipes with a side of humor. Stacy and Sherri have combined their interests in food and alcohol to produce this thoroughly engaging book. Beware, though, these recipes may lead to a bit of a buzz so be forewarned, and then go ahead and break out the liquor and get cooking!
Recipes are divided into four sections: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Desserts. Depending on the time of the day and how tipsy you mind getting, adjustments can be made. Each recipe has a clever quote, tipsy trivia, a drink pairing and a toast to accompany it. One of my favorite quotes is from Phyllis Diller “Health- what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down.”
The different combinations with alcohol, beer and wine will open your eyes to how easily liquor can be used in cooking. Start the day off with Tanked Cinnamon Whiskey and Brown Sugar Oatmeal or how about Soused Scrambled Eggs with Champagne and Smoked Salmon?
The book has a clever concept, straightforward recipes, and of course lots of booze. What it lacked was pictures of the finished dishes, but overall it was very lighthearted and funny throughout and a good reminder to relax and enjoy life.
The farm-to-table local food movement has expanded to cocktail time. Your food is fresh, local and homemade so why not your cocktails? No, we’re not talking about making your own booze, but rather growing the quality ingredients that accompanies your libations. Natalie Bovis, aka The Liquid Muse, encourages us to plant our own cocktail gardens and use fresh seasonal ingredients to infuse spirits and create homemade syrups and purees. She gives you tips, tricks, and recipes for making extraordinary drinks with fresh ingredients.
The intro chapter is all about mixology basics, and is packed with information on stocking your pantry and setting up your own home bar. In Chapter Two Garden to Glass, she shares with us how to plant an herb garden, start a compost pile and tells us what to grow. There’s even an entire chapter dedicated to making your own syrups and jams. Once you’re all set with the basics she delves into some unique infusions that involve meat and dairy. How about a glass of Smoked Bacon-Washed Bourbon or Blueberry Yogurtini?
There are both savory drinks and sweet drinks that combine fresh flavors in interesting ways. The recipes range from simple to complex and there are over a hundred and fifty pages filled with drink recipes incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Booze meets dessert in Slushed! by Jessie Cross. Frozen treats to be specific are the desserts in question here, as the entire book is essentially a guide to liquoring up your favorite frozen desserts. Jessie covers ice pops, ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, semifreddo, granita, sorbet, ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes. These tipsy desserts are perfect for beating the summer heat.
You’ll need an ice cream maker and a blender or a food processor for many of the recipes but for the most part they come together quickly and easily. Recipes like Roasted Pear Gelato with Eau de Vie and Kirch Infused Slippery Cherry Sherbet had me craving a scoop right off the bat.
In the intro she breakdowns the techniques, equipment, and various ingredients that are helpful to beginners in frozen dessert making. The last chapter is dedicated to homemade toppings like Boozy Bourbon Brown Sugar Sauce and Chocolate and Rum Dandy Drizzle that beat store bought toppings any day.
The recipes in this book combine the best of dessert and cocktails; I only wish there were more pictures to accompany these tempting frozen treats.
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