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on March 5, 2002
If you want to learn to make liqueurs, start here. There are other books that can give you fancy recipes that purport to taste like all manner of commercial liquors, but if you want to actually know what you're doing, this is the book. Beyond its wealth of recipes, it's filled with knowledge and understanding about the process of liqueur-making. It gives you not only variations on its recipes but completely different approaches for some flavors. By reading and paying attention to the recipes, you will come to understand why some things work and some don't; you will come to understand what sorts of changes you can make to a recipe; and you will finally be able to make your own recipes with confidence - because no book can give you all the liqueur recipes there are. Other books can tell you how to make liqueurs, but this book teaches you how to make the recipes. I recommend it strongly to any liqueur-maker who wants more than just rote instruction.
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on December 22, 1998
Althought there were 50 recipes, they were very similar, just with different fruits. An addition to a liquor recipe collection but not for the beginner recipe collector.
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I really enjoyed starting to make my own liqueurs from this book, which I picked up at a yard sale for a quarter. I have thought about liqueur-making in the past but never had clear enough instructions to begin, and this book gave a lot of recipes and good instructions. The best thing is they tell you why they use some techniques and not others in certain recipes, so you really can get an idea of how it all works.

I tried a flower petal liquer and didn't trust their measurements, so I ended up using WAY too much lavender. Now that I am tasting it, I should have listened to them.

The Coconut liquer I tried exactly as directed and it was a very authentic coconut flavor - like fresh coconut, not like commercial flavors. So that was a surprise, but a rather pleasant one. It isn't a flavor everyone likes, but those who do like it a lot.

I also made some spice liqueurs using chai spices without any black tea, and that came out well using their basic directions for infusing spices.

But the almond liqueur I tried was terrible - really odd-flavored and full of sediment.

I like that they give personal stories and tips in the book - I feel like I am being shown this by a friend who is very good at it, because of their writing style.

Overall, I am happy with this book, but I am glad I got it on the cheap. I think buying it used is really the way to go - it is a good starter book to just see if this is something you'd like to get into, but due to its age and lack of photos I wouldn't pay too much for it.
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on March 5, 2002
If you want to learn to make liqueurs, start here. There are other books that can give you fancy recipes that purport to taste like all manner of commercial liquors, but if you want to actually know what you're doing, this is the book. Beyond its wealth of recipes, it's filled with knowledge and understanding about the process of liqueur-making. It gives you not only variations on its recipes but completely different approaches for some flavors. By reading and paying attention to the recipes, you will come to understand why some things work and some don't; you will come to understand what sorts of changes you can make to a recipe; and you will finally be able to make your own recipes with confidence. Because no book can give you all the liqueur recipes there are. Other books can tell you how to make liqueurs, but this book teaches you how to make the recipes. I recommend it strongly to any liqueur-maker who wants more than just rote instruction.
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on December 19, 1999
Not are the recepies similar to each other, most of them are not very good. Grapefruit - excellent Rosmary - OK Tangerine Brandy - Ghastly Better books are available.
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on March 5, 2002
If you want to learn to make liqueurs, start here. There are other books that can give you fancy recipes that purport to taste like all manner of commercial liquors, but if you want to actually know what you're doing, this is the book. Beyond its wealth of recipes, it's filled with knowledge and understanding about the process of liqueur-making. It gives you not only variations on its recipes but completely different approaches for some flavors. By reading and paying attention to the recipes, you will come to understand why some things work and some don't; you will come to understand what sorts of changes you can make to a recipe; and you will finally be able to make your own recipes with confidence. Because no book can give you all the liqueur recipes there are. Other books can tell you how to make liqueurs, but this book teaches you how to make the recipes. I recommend it strongly to any liqueur-maker who wants more than just rote instruction.
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on August 23, 2011
My husband and I have followed four recipes from this book with good results. By keeping a journal like the authors suggest, we are learning what works and what doesn't. This book really helps you learn the whole process, and make adjustments based off of your personal tastes.

Some of the food recipes sound just terrible, we haven't tried those.
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on January 5, 2008
The recipes are easy and fun. What a nice hobby! There are very few books available with so many interesting and unusual recipes for brandies and liqueurs. Try it!
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on May 12, 2011
This book is a truly wonderful book on the how to make liqueurs at home for gifts or personal use. It has wonderful easy to follow recipes that are tasty and useful in being able to help create similar liqueurs to those that you usually spend a good amount of money on in the stores. No they aren't exact but they are pretty close. It is also very well defined, useful for recipes and those that are just plain tasty. There are sweet and fruity along with savory and actual cooking recipes to use the liqueurs you have made. It is also very easy to "tweak" the recipe and make it your own. Also a wonderful mostly inexpensive way of making homemade gifts to give to friends and family.
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on August 2, 2013
I've used this book for a few decades as a recipe basis for my various fruit liqueurs. Of course, I tweak the recipes to suit my own taste, but the basics are here. I have found a mixture of 2 parts vodka, 1 part brandy and 1/2 cup of white port makes a wonderful base for various fruit liqueurs. If you want to make homemade Kahlua, limoncello, egg liqueurs, it's all here. An old book, but still a good one.
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