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This review is from: Booze: River Cottage Handbook No.12 (Hardcover)
It's been such a good year for fruit and I was wondering what to do with it having already made loads of jams and jellies. So I have tried several of the recipes from this book and have now have a shelf lined with jars all bubbling away. I was given a copy of this book last week, and this is me buying it for my son too and I can imagine it would make a really good present for a man this Christmas. The recipes are really easy to follow, just as easy as the sloe gin I used to make. They are grouped into four sections. Infusions is mainly gins and vodkas and it is some of these I have tried already. There is one called Orange Liqueur which only takes a day to make and it was very good! Luckily there are some late blackberries here so I also have got some Blackberry Whisky started and some Haw Gin. Can't wait now for the spring flowers to try some more. The other chapters are wines, ciders and beers. The Melon Fizz, a sort of champagne, was literally ready in just two days and I was a bit nervous about the container (although it was fine in the end) as John said his exploded everywhere once. That tasted good too and was very different. Most of his recipes have a personal story or joke in them so the whole book is very entertaining. You can actually enjoy reading it, it's not just a recipe book. And there is an awful lot more in it than I expected. I am now starting on the Rose Hip Wine. So I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in making their own "booze".
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013 12:05:25 GMT
Ursula - did you add any liquid to the Melon Fizz or is it based purely on the juice of the melon and lemon? It doesn't seem to a lot of liquid to make a bottle full!
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