Strong Waters: A Simple Guide to Making Beer, Wine, Cider and Other Spirited Beverages at Home (New York , NY: 2010, The Experiment Publishing), by Scott Mansfield is a deceptively simple-looking book. This book contains a wide-ranging array of incredible recipes for making alcoholic beverages at home, some easy, others not. The ingredients range from things you probably have in your pantry right now, items easily purchased from the local grocery store, all the way to the truly exotic (violet blossoms anyone?).
It will be a blast to create, then taste, my way through this book. To start, I opted for the Raspberry Liqueur, with 3 ingredients one of the simplest of recipes. Take 2 pounds raspberries, add 1 ½ Cups sugar, marinate in vodka for 2 weeks, strain, top off, wait another 2 weeks, and voila -- Raspberry Liqueur!
If you have any interest in home brewing, vinifying, infusing, and more, get your hands on this book. Part resource, part inspiration, part guide, this will have you drinking from your homemade cellar in no time.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, free of charge, and no further compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
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