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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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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (October 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558324364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558324367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By day, I'm a mild mannered (mostly) public relations consultant and writer. Come violet hour, I'm, well, still nice though I'm typically in the kitchen shaking or mixing up a cocktail or two.

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: paul@paulabercrombie.com

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The book's presentation is very clean, excellent design, great colors and photos.
M. Cordoba
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.
Celeste
If you are trying to be more green or if you just want a good drink recipe book, this one is a good one to try out.
Bladen's Mommy

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Step One: Where to find the organic liquors: If you wanna go green and your liquor store does not want you to: As some reviews note that they aren't familiar with a few of the organic brands listed, it should be noted that all brand names and even suggestions of where to track 'em down are in the foreward for the book under the section: "Everything you need to know to build a green bar." But, as the author notes, these are suggestions. If you want to use what you have on hand and go organic part of the time, the recipes are solid enough in taste and preparation that you'll still enjoy the recipes until your order for, say, Vodka 14 arrives from its organic distillary...BUT, that said, ask your local liquor store first. We found our liquor store was happy to order us some organic Vodka as well as tequila, and that another one slightly further from us already stocked them both. So even if you are in an area with little access to organic liquors, with the internet or a friendly request, you may have the same luck as us trying out some great recipes. Where to find any other organic ingredients listed? Read the notes on every recipe and the author will tell you...such as with one recipe that suggests tamarind concentrate (for a very exotic drink) tells us to find it at an Indian food specialty store, an all-natural grocery store, or on the internet. But there are plenty of recipes with nothing exotic so don't let the unique ones scare you off--they just add interest to the book and help you create one-of-a-kind mixers you'd never see otherwise on days you feel like dabbling in a new taste.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Slayzar on December 10, 2009
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I'll be the first to admit that I shun almost all things considered environmentally friendly/organic, or "green," since most products from the green-industrial-complex, while allegedly saving the world, do not hold any enduring value when it comes to quality. Hybrid cars have as high a safety rating as carry-on luggage and organic foods usually induce a gag reflex typically reserved for Everclear Vodka and motor oil. In short, the pushers of so-called "green" products have hardly convinced me to give up any of my polar bear killing essentials that make Al Gore's stocks drop a point of two.

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).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Groovin' guy VINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
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In the beginning chapter of the book, we are given the names and locations of companies who make organic vodka,gin,rum,tequila, bourbon,etc. Some of these companies only sell in limited places, but you can find them online. Many of these companies are in the United States, in places like California, Vermont, Wyoming. I like buying USA made and found this to be very helpful.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T Austin VINE VOICE on December 14, 2009
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I wanted some good cocktail recipes, and green/organic food can taste better, so I tried this book.

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.
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