Release Date: September 13, 2016
Buy a copy of Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History and have it in hand for this year's Thanksgiving celebrations. It's a stunning tribute to both the Nation's history and our ancestors.
In Colonial Spirits, Steven Grasse begins by looking at the foundations of alcoholic beverages. He talks about the items used to make liquors, beers, and wines, such as barley, spruce tips, and even a chicken. Yes, I did say chicken, and I admit that's one recipe I don't ever see myself trying.
There are recipes I immediately had to try and absolutely loved. The Orchard Mimosa (OJ and hard cider), Fish House Punch, and non-alcoholic Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade are three I had to make. Despite my husband's dislike of rhubarb, even he admitted that was an excellent lemonade.
Throughout the book, learn how to make wine, beer, and a variety of punches, cocktails, and hot mulled beverages. There are recipes for flavored syrups, shrubs, barley water, and beverages used to treat illnesses. You'll also find neat recipes for things like Rose Water Toner for the skin. This is a comprehensive book that is going onto my keeper shelf.