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Organic, Shaken and Stirred: Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis, and Other Totally Green Cocktails Hardcover – October 17, 2009
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I first became interested in cocktails - beyond the teenage tippler's sloshing of rum into a half-empty can of Coke - during a trip some years ago to Italy. My then girlfriend-now-wife Gail and I happened into the absurdly beautiful lobby bar of the Grand Hotel in Florence. We asked the bartender to suggest a drink. Negroni, he said. At the first sip, we were hooked. Pleasingly bitter and sweet and tart all at the same time, the Negroni was a revelation. For months after we returned home, these were pretty well the official house cocktail. Of course, this was the only grownup drink I knew how to make. That would soon change as I began to seek out recipes new and old, and fresher, better-tasting ingredients for cocktails. Eventually, I connected with West Coast mixologists who were among the first to emphasize organic fruits, vegetables, and even spirits in their cocktails. As soon as I tasted these cutting-edge drinks, I was hooked all over again. I vowed then and there to heroically (too much?) chronicle the organic cocktail movement.
I'm a regular contributor to contributor to The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast and other publications on the topics of food, drink and travel. I live in Tampa with my wife, son and hyperkinetic cat. You can reach me by email at: email@example.com
Top Customer Reviews
Why It Matters: While taste, in my opinion, is greater with organic liquors, the cost follows suit. But anyone going organic knows that this is the norm.Read more ›
With this in mind when I saw "Organic, Shaken and Stirred" on my Amazon Vine Club list as one of the books I could choose I chuckled to myself thinking, "oh, THIS will be good," and selected the book. I was, at the very least, super skeptical at the notion that someone could try to concoct an organic cocktail that didn't require a post-drink stomach pump. To me, an organic alcoholic cocktail is an oxymoron since alcohol is actually bad for your health as opposed to the claims by Whole Foods that organic foods are better for you.
HOWEVER, once I received the book in the mail and began reading I was surprised at what I discovered.
First thing I noticed were the aesthetically pleasing pictures of the drinks themselves. The drinks actually looked pleasing such as, of all things, the elderflower fizz (p. 124-125). Seriously, who would ever thought a plant made famous by a French taunt in Monty Python's Holy Grail (or from the same sambucus plant) would make a decent cocktail?! Alas, I digress. The scrumptious looking photos were the first thing to hook me in the book, but what really ensnared me were the ingredients used (beyond elderflowers).Read more ›
Honestly, it looks like five for six recipes would be good, and the rest are just filler to get the page count up. You might have different tastes than I do, so take a look at a sample before buying.
He seems to be confused between "green" and "organic". Organic can be green, but it certainly doesn't have to be. Recommending organic booze, imported from across an ocean is organic, but it certainly isn't green. Oh well.
He comes off as smarmy. Every ingredient, for every drink is listed as organic. For example, a screwdriver would be listed as organic vodka, organic orange juice, and a wedge of organic lime. Duh - the idea of the book is to make organic cocktails. Why do I need to be reminded six times per recipe that it's organic. Don't beat me to death with the "organic stick". I get it.
The first part of the book is sources of organic, and small batch booze, and it's a good resource.
I think a better book would have the organic resources, then followed by a good bunch of recipes. This is a bit more like a coffee table book, with fewer drinks and lots of glossy photos.
In keeping with the organic theme, one very interesting chapter is called From the Garden. There are many fruits including citrus and also pineapple,and kiwi to name a few. Not every fruit can be grown in your garden, of course.
The photos of the drinks are beautiful and glossy and refreshing just to look at.
The book gives suggestions on bartending instruments like muddlers and glasses to serve in as well as ice.
Spices added to some of the drink mixes include basil, whole vanilla bean, garlic, cilantro, ginger, sage and thyme.
There are many interesting hints and suggestions, such as using aloe vera (which is usually a topical remedy) as a sweetener instead of sugar or honey or bottled sauces. Aloe vera, he points out, helps blood pressure, circulation and immunity when drank.
I found this book very interesting and appealing and am very pleased with it.
If making mixed drink is your thing and you are an organic person, you should really read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eh... It's okay. I flipped through a couple of times and didn't find anything that stuck out. I think I was expecting something else.Published on December 9, 2013 by Susie Lee
When paired with organic spirits (conveniently reccomented in the pages of this gorgeous book), this make a great birthday, graduation or wedding gift for the mixologists in your... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by J. Johnson
Paul Abercrombie's Organic, Shaken and Stirred is a must for anyone interested in making organic cocktails. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Organic Cocktail Reviews
There's not a whole lot that this book says that can't be found anywhere on the Internet, and the recipes seem no better or worse than any others. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Titanium Lily
As a guide to making cocktails this book is a failure. I couldn't find the ingredients, I didn't have the right equipment and I didn't have the time. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Simon Burrow
First of all, I really enjoyed browsing through this book. Each page--for the most part--suggests a taste delight. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by Patrick O
Who would have thought such a thing was possible and so EASY to do? This is a beautiful and creative book filled with possibilities and ways to drink with style and flair. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by NaughtiLiterati
[I'm a Vines reviewer, so my copy was free.] There are a lot of great ideas in this uneven book. I think the book would be most suitable for the experienced, certainly for those... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by AlchemistGeorge
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... Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by Celeste