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Edible Cocktails - Review

From Garden to Glass - Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist

by Natalie Bovis

(Adams Media, 2012)

From Garden to Glass - Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist by Natalie Bovis

It's fun to tell guests that you grew the tomatoes in the Caprese salad you're serving, but how often are you hosting dinner parties? Instead, tell guests that you grew the basil in their homemade cocktails! Natalie Bovis a.k.a "The Liquid Muse" has written Edible Cocktails: From Garden To Glass – Seasonal Cocktails with A Fresh Twist, which contains more than 100 recipes utilizing ingredients solely from your own garden or the local farmers market — from wormwood and Genovese basil to beets, berries and even heirloom tomatoes.

Bovis, who has launched her own line of environmentally minded cocktails and teaches organic mixology classes, puts immense thought and care into each of her homemade concoctions. She covers everything from basic bar tools and beginners' mixology to trenchant advice on specialty topics, like getting the flavor just right for that homemade thyme or mint syrup. The recipes from the author of Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be and The Bubbly Bride: Your Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Guide call for rustic and fundamental flavors over brazen gimmicks and bright neon hues. (You won't find umbrellas and food coloring here!) Our favorite drink — among recipes including the Detox me Martini, Singing Pear and Whiskified Fog — is the Garden Bloom, a wine-based cocktail that is a fabulous mix of Sauvignon Blanc with garden-fresh strawberries, lemon juice, lavender-rosemary syrup and vodka. It's the kind of drink you would enjoy sipping in the backyard on an autumn evening with friends over good conversation and sky-gazing.

There are an abundant amount of heart-healthy drinks and cocktails that incorporate fresh fruits and leafy greens, though the book isn't entirely vegetarian-friendly: almost an entire chapter is devoted to infusing meat with drink. But don't worry, if Bacon-Washed Bourbon isn't your thing, there is still plenty else here.

Reviewed by Daniel McIntyre

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