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Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits

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I don’t do a lot of giveaways on LivingHomegrown. The only time I offer a giveaway of any kind is when I’m really personally excited about something and I just want to share it.

Such is the case with today’s book review and giveaway.

I did not get this book for free (I bought it with my own hard-earned cash birthday money). And after reading it, I loved it so much that I bought a second copy to give away to one lucky winner here. The publisher doesn’t have anything to do with this and I don’t even know the author. I just think the book is that good.

Sounds good right? It is. Keep reading for more…

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Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss.

I own many books on making liqueurs, herb/fruit infused spirits and garden cocktails. It is something I have been doing since legal drinking age (I swear, not earlier) and a couple of my favorite books are now out of print.

There are several new books on the market and several of them have great sections on making liqueurs. But what got me excited about this particular book is that it brings together what I love about many of the well-worn books on my bookshelf and ties them up in one neat little package.

The information is rock solid.

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Is It Hard To Make Liqueurs?

Here’s the thing: Liqueurs are composed of just three simple ingredients: liquor (distilled spirits), flavoring and sugar. It is a very simple process that I have discussed before here, herehere and here. (And Jam Cocktails too.)

But there are also little flavor nuances, methods and dare I say…”tricks” to getting the best flavors. This book covers all of that and has a great listing of fun recipes that we can use to create our own flavor combinations.

A Sampling of Recipes:

The book is broken into sections that include: fruit, veggie, spice and flower  liqueurs. Then it goes into coffee, chocolate and creamy liqueurs. At the back of the book is a section on mixing cocktails.

Now, you may be thinking “Veggie Liqueurs?”. Yes, there is a section on vegetable liqueurs and it is great.

The recipes use ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, bell pepper and even yam (ok, I haven’t tried that one yet). Before you skip this veggie section, you should know that the author is a very skilled recipe developer with a heavy culinary background and was even the past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Andrew Schloss knows good food. And every recipe I have tried in this book has been a big success.

I get asked about making homemade liqueurs all the time. That is why I have written about it so much. This book gives you everything you need to make delicious recipes yourself. You can buy Home Liqueurs (affiliate) or you can enter below to win a copy below for free.

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How to Win a Copy Yourself:

Sorry. The contest is closed. The winner will be announced shortly. But feel free to still leave a comment if you have a favorite cocktail to share!

The winner is J. Peterson of Texas. Congrats!

All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite cocktail. (If you know of one using garden ingredients, even better.)

If you don’t have a favorite, just leave a comment saying “I’m in!” and I will count it.

Due to spam, I have to approve your comment. So there will be a time delay between when you comment and when you see it under the post. But don’t worry, it’s there and will be counted before I pick the random winner.

The giveaway ends Tuesday, July 22 at midnight PST and you must be a US resident to enter.

All the official details are below:

This contest closes at 11:59 PM (PST) July 22, 2014. Sorry but the contest is only open to residents of the United States. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be selected. Once the winner is confirmed, it will be announced here . The winner will receive one “Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits” book as shown in the above photo. 

Good Luck!

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Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

69 Comments:

  • Debbie says:

    I’m in! This book looks fantastic!

  • Jon Liebers says:

    Book looks great! all in.
    Recent fav is mango mojito. Mango flavored rum, pineapple sage(muddled), mango nectar, simple syrup. Can also use mint instead of sage.

  • Cindy says:

    We are in and would love this book!!

    Our sons just made Applepie Rum, yummmmmm!!!!

  • Tamie Egge says:

    Peppered vodka Bloody Mary . I’m in.

  • Sandy Scofield says:

    I have not tried a Homemade Liqueurs or Infused drinks-but your write up of the book makes it sound like a good. (I don’t think leaving a glass of juice in the icebox too long counts.)

  • Sara says:

    I made peach brandy last summer. A shot of that with hot ginger-lemon-honey tea was great for winter cold season.

    This books sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sue says:

    Love the idea and would like to try some!

  • Phyllis Carder says:

    I’m in! This book sounds great!

  • Casey Terminello says:

    I’m in!

  • Melissa says:

    I am in…….I love fruity cocktails in the summertime……..and warm ones in the winter.

  • Debra says:

    My favorite cocktail that I make at home is a Mint Julep. I use my own mint grown in my herb garden and the mint taste is over the top! My husband and I make cane syrup and I make a cane syrup “water” that I add to my julep as well. I would love to win a copy of this book! “I’m In!”

  • Denise says:

    I’m in! Not sure of the spelling but the Germans make Rumtoff ( fruit, sugar, rum, fruit, sugar then rum again).

  • Susie Schueneman says:

    I’m in. What a wonderful book. Love the layout.
    Susie Schueneman

  • Ann says:

    I’m in. Chocolate mint mojito is my current favorite for summer.

  • Vanessa says:

    I’m in. We have made homemade limoncello, so this book would be inspiration to try others.

  • Susan says:

    Blackberry margarita

  • Tracey Kruger says:

    I’m IN! I would love to have this book, it looks AMAZING. My hope is to one day be able to provide enough of my own homegrown ingredients to do these right. Thanks so much for your great posts and this giveaway. :-)

  • mary hosier says:

    I’d love to win a copy so I could try more. Really liked the Sweet-Pepper Surprise

  • barbara says:

    Sounds like a very fun how to manual! My favorite drink of the moment is a grapefruit vodka and club soda. So refreshing!

  • Mickey says:

    I’m in! Looks like a great book

  • Terry Smith says:

    I’m in – vodka tonic with lemon infused vodka

  • Laura Bell says:

    I recently discovered the joy of chilled white wine swirled in an almost empty jelly jar. Use whichever flavor of jelly you have available – plum, pomegranate, peach. they all work. What would you call this drink – jam-gria?

  • Jenine Kerr says:

    I’m in! Something with peaches and/or blackberries sounds really good.

  • Trudy says:

    I’m not much of a drinker but I sure enjoyed the Greyhound at Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara (http://thehungrycat.com/documents/HC2thristycat6.09.14_000.pdf). Along with the great food and atmosphere, it’s a favorite stop whenever we are in the area.

  • robin says:

    I try out a lot of herbs, fruits & veggies in cocktails at home. Since I just finished infusing vodka with homegrown strawberries, I think the basil-strawberry vodka & soda is my current favorite. But, I’m a big sucker for cucumber G&Ts with Makrut lime & cilantro too. :)

  • Lavender Collins! Texas Sipper! Salty Dog! Wait, I was supposed to just name one, right? Impossible.

  • Soozie Emm says:

    Skinny Scorpion

    Muddle in a cocktail shaker:
    1 oz. agave nectar
    1/4 oz. fresh lime pieces
    3 slices jalapeno
    5 fresh cilantro flowers

    Add ice and 1.5 oz. white tequila; shake and pour into a low-ball glass with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno and lime wedge.

  • renee says:

    Champagne and my friends homemade kirsh. I’m in!

  • Mike says:

    I’m IN. Single malt favorite, but going mostly vegan.

  • Leah Williams says:

    This sounds incredible! Count me in!

  • Mary Beth says:

    Too many favorites! Bloody Mary with pickled okra and dilly beans. Strawberry vodka tonic topped with alpine strawberry and mint. Gin and tonic with cucumber… Would dive into this book!

  • Lana J. Hankinson says:

    I am in. Favorite drink, sparkling water, lemon balm tea, mixed with lemon verbena and mint. Very refreshing.

  • Nancy says:

    This book is made for me! Currently I’m drinking a drunken cherry (bing cherry and brandy) concoction I made blended with ice cream. It’s delish. And no calories at all:->

  • Janice says:

    I’m in! Just made a crimson bulleit punch for the 4th. It was delicious!!! Would love some new recipes!!

  • Kelly O says:

    I’m In!! Favorite drink with fresh ingredients from the garden in a frozen strawberry margarita or sweet iced tea infused with frozen and fresh peaches and peach vodka.

  • Gail Carriveau says:

    My favorite for the past 15 years or so is Pimms!
    I like it best with ginger ale, dash down to the garden this time of year and chop up some cucumber and then add small pieces of lemon.
    I call it my summer ice tea.
    Now I really want to have one……

  • kara says:

    cassis with black currants from our garden to make Kir and Kir Royale

  • special says:

    I’m in! Favorite drinks… I make damiana vanilla bean cordial quite a bit but lately i’m really into elderberry syrup mixed with champagne. :)

  • dennis says:

    I’m in

  • Pat Christy says:

    Southern Comfort Old Fashioned. Janice would approve!

  • Jan says:

    This book sounds really interesting! I love to make rhubarb liquor and homemade lemoncielo (SP?) was GOOD! Iwould love this book.

  • Angie McCutcheon says:

    I make Limoncello every year, it’s so versatile. My latest discovery is Limoncello with Coke (which I rarely drink, so it’s quite a treat). It’s like the old fashioned soda fountain lemon coke, with a kick!

  • Tiffany says:

    I’m in

  • Penny says:

    I’m in!
    Currently enjoying homemade Kalua and cream on the rocks!

  • MiMi says:

    Don’t have a fab yet but hope this book changes that:)

  • Melodie Pickett says:

    I’m in! =)

  • Irene Kenny says:

    I’m in

  • Anna says:

    I am sooo in!!!! I have three batches of Cordial sitting and waiting, can’t say I like the waiting game but I love the result.

  • Kathy Shea says:

    I’m in. I made some cassis from the black currents we have in our garden. Then added that with champagne for a Kir Royal–my gal friends loved it.

  • Donna says:

    I’m in. I don’t drink liqueurs but I make homemade canned foods for all the children and grandchildren. They loved the wine salt and keep asking for more trendy food/drink. They know they’ll still receive those canning jars full of peaches, pears, applesauce, jams, pickles, soups and tomatoes to use at home for a quick comfort food meal. But they love to impress their friends with the more ‘chic’ homemade foods.

  • Maria Worden says:

    I’m in! I love to sip on rose or other floral infusions.

  • Carol says:

    My father used to make blackberry liquor from blackberries he picked in August. What a lovely way to remember August when sipping during the winter months. I’m in!

  • Noreen Muresan says:

    I’m in! Aperol, Rye whiskey, muddled mint and lemon slices, simple syrup.

  • Linda says:

    This book must have really made an impression on you. I like Bloody Mary’s made with fresh from the garden tomato juice. Only a gin and tonic is better.

  • Julie says:

    I am definitely in! I make homemade kahlua and it is delish in a white russian. But I love summer drinks like mojito’s, with lots of fresh mint from the garden!

  • Gen says:

    My latest favorite drink is a mix of Ciroc Berry Vodka, homemade strawberry jam and mint from my herb garden. Yum!

  • My favorite cocktail depends on what season it is, although I never say no thanks to a nice Manhattan. During the summer months, a mojito with some fresh berries really hits the spot – blackberries mushed along with the mint is a favorite. Bourbon with cherries and a little lime is lovely too. Please put my name in the hat for this interesting book on making liquers. The vegetable infusions sound very intriguing!

  • Anna Bender says:

    I’m in! I’ve never thought about a favorite cocktail but making my own might help.

  • Ana M. says:

    I’m in :)

  • Lori Ebner says:

    I’ve gotten as far as making my own Lemoncello with a few different herbs. Now that you’ve mentioned plums I’m thinking……….. Wouldn’t making something with plums be great. This summer I’ve been into sparkling anything.

  • Diana says:

    Bloody Mary

  • Naomi says:

    I’m in. Love the concept.

  • Lisa S says:

    I’m in. I like strawberry anything.

  • Angelica says:

    I’m in! My favorite summertime drink is sangrias. I try to use only fruit from my orchards. Its very refreshing using homegrown fruit! The book sounds like it would be great fun to try.

  • Michelle Plaia says:

    I want this book! Living part-time in PR, the locals make bily & kanya (sp?) which are local “hooches” :) It’s been lots of fun experimenting with Tamarind/rum, guinepes/rum and all the fresh fruits available here with vodka & rum (mangos, papayas, star fruit etc). But I don’t really know what I’m doing and have always wondered about real recipes and home distilling.
    My favorite actual cocktail is one we found at a bar in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC called Adams Love. It is Pear Vodka, St Germain (elderflower liquor) with muddled cucumber, lime & mint! So, so refreshing on a hot day!

  • Susan Kopy says:

    I’m In
    The table of contents look very interesting

  • Jeanne says:

    Oh Darn Theresa, it doesn’t pay to skip your emails…I guess I’ll just have to use my hard earned cash and BUY a copy…although, after reading about veggie cocktails…I am just too curious
    btw, my fav cocktails are made from fruit shrubs that I make all year long depending on the fruits of the season. It makes for a great gift!

  • Jon says:

    Purchased the book and have a batch of minty melon will be ready this weekend.
    It’s a really good book. Thanks for the recommendation

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