When I was sent Wild Drinks and Cocktails from a friend of mine (yes I get a lot of books as my friends know I LOVE a decent drinks book) I was certainly thrilled when I spotted a few make at home easy recipe’s, coming from the hippy era of the 1970’s I was super delighted to see a rose hip syrup page and also the rose hip whiskey smash sounded excellent.
As I’m in Scotland some of the ingredients is harder to get at this time of year but it didn’t (and won’t) stop me making future drinks from it in the different seasons to come. The book is a little more for the U.S market but most ingredients you can pick up here in the UK.
I’m currently watching the snow falling outside my office window and it’s put me in a feeling of making myself a cheeky little Fire Cider Hot Toddy, made up of honey, Rye Whisky and plenty of heat from fresh chilli’s and horseradish, it may not sound up your street but just wait till you try it, it’s perfect for a winters day just like today.
There’s a few other recipe’s I quite fancy trying :
Apple and Mint Syrup
Rhubarb and Rose Syrup
Cherry Balsamic Shrub
Pomegranate Molasses Switchel
Fig and Vanilla Rum
Peach and Pecan Bourbon
Anise Hyssop and Peach Wine
I can’t wait till the warmer weather comes back, not wishing my life away or anything but spring and summer always have so many more options for fresher foods like melon and cherries, the lemon verbena liqueur is going to be my
go-to drink this summer, similar to limoncello but without the creaminess, it’s fresh and zingy and will be perfect over ice on a summer day in my garden
I may even make some to bring to parties as you all know I sometimes do, My Christmas Liqueur is still going strong, I’ve just sent my husband out to purchase some mandarin’s for making some home made mandarincello, but my customers might be struggling to get a sample of that one!
Wild Drinks and Cocktails by Emily Han is available from Fair Winds Press for £14.99 and is available at most good book shops and stores