Are we in the age of organic cocktail drinks?,
This review is from: Organic, Shaken and Stirred (Hardcover)
This is a book of recipes for organic cocktail connoisseurs. Organic drinks are news for some consumers but not for green conscious mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs. The trend setting bartenders across the country are creating cutting edge drinks that use organic spirits and mixers. The concept behind this is to use organically grown (pesticide-free and fungicide-free) products to produce alcohol and use mixers such as; herbs, fruits, other alcoholic and non-alcoholic dinks from organically grown stock. The bars that cater to organic crowd are found predominantly in major cities, but consumers interested in organic drinks may buy the alcohol and mixing ingredients online. Some useful tips are provided by the author in this book.
The author discusses organically grown alcohol in the introductory part of the book. Organic vodka is perhaps the well known organic spirit, which is made at various locations across the globe and many vendors market this product. Organically produced gin, rum, tequila, bourbon, whisky and wine are also available from few sources.
The recipes are described in five chapters with the following titles; Fresh and Zesty, Lush and Fruity, Clean and Classic, From the Garden, and Punch and Pitcher. The cocktail discussed in the first chapter (Fresh & Zesty) uses some innovative ingredients such as; organically grown tamarind concentrate and rosemary leaves with Brazilian rum (among other ingredients of this cocktail) in a drink called "Mysterious Stranger." This is a fine and enjoyable drink. Another drink that interested me is "Coming in Hot" that contains Jalapeno pepper (peeled and seeded), lemon juice and tequila (among other ingredients of this cocktail). I would leave out nectar from the recipe. "Spicy Pepino" and "Peppered Angus" are also good cocktail drinks. These drinks are great if followed by a spicy meal.
Cocktails described in chapter two (Lush and Fruity) are predominantly fruit-dominant drinks. "Black Berry Mojito" containing black berries and mint spring (among other ingredients of this cocktail) is a delicious drink. I would use a touch of lime juice instead lime soda recommended in this recipe. "American Beauty" is another fine fruity drink which is somewhat mild that contains cranberry juice and bourbon. "Kentucky Christmas is another classic drink for Christmas time. A touch of orange juice makes this drink even better.
The drinks described in this book are easy to make. Before this book, I did not know we are in the organic cocktail scene, but does it make any difference? If you are not crazy about organic drink, then use the non-organic drinks and you can still enjoy great recipes in this book.
1. The 2007 Report on Organic Dairy Foods and Drinks: World Market Segmentation by City