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Handcrafted Bitters: Simple Recipes for Artisanal Bitters and the Cocktails That Love Them Paperback – July 31, 2015
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That said, this book offers an interesting and useful contrast. The recipes tend to be simpler - less subtle, perhaps, but possibly more approachable. If complex ingredients (or their cost) put you off, this makes a great alternative. Then, there's something to be said for the more direct approach to flavors - training one's palate a flavor or two at a time before leaping into elaborate blends of unfamiliar tastes can make a lot of sense. This also gives more attention to the "tincture" approach to bitters-blending: start with extracts of single flavorings and mix them, instead of throwing all the dry flavorings in one pot. Tinctures let you brew each flavoring a different amount of time, according to the needs of each ingredient, and make it possible to adjust the end product more easily. With the one-pot approach, the end product is already defined before you have a chance to see what it needs. Despite the advantages of tinctures, I still appreciate the ease of the one-pot recipes, so I like the fact that this offers both.
As I said, if you could have only one book about making your bitters, this might not be first choice. But, if you're looking to expand your vision of the possibilities (and cocktails that use them), this makes a worthwhile addition to the library.
This book helps me make the bitters and tinctures I need to make a host of different cocktails. I really like that it walks me through the steps and explains the hows and whys.
The only thing I didn't love was that some of the ingredients listed are not available in my area. Generally speaking these are ingredients that can be omitted or worked around, but it would be nice to be able to find
I don't mind that the recipes take time to make it's worth it to know exactly what's in the cocktail - making my own eliminates potential allergy issues.
It certainly isn't for everyone, but for anyone who wants to start making homemade craft cocktails, this book is a great start!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The recipes are simple yet interesting. Some were very nice and there were some which did not really hit my taste bud but I did get a lot of tips and tricks thanks to this book.
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I found the book very interesting. The recipes looked great and I have shared some of the recipes with friends already who were super excited to give some of them a try!
The author is truly an expert on the subject. The writing is fantastic and it was an enjoyable read! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject matter of Bitters!
Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Splitting recipes into seasons, this book helps you discover the many different ways to spice up your life with bitters, without leaving your home, and with simple ingredients from your local grocery store. I love me a good cocktail, and now I have a great list of recipes, and knowledge, and history, of seasonal drinks that I can enjoy with my friends and family.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review, however all opinions are of my own.
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Advises that bitters are made from tinctures
Two pages are devoted to tinctures: "There is no tried and true formula for making tinctures".Read more