Friday, 17 June 2011

Book Review - ' How to make your own Drinks'

I have been sent a lovely book to review and thought I would share my thoughts about it.
It's called 'How to make your own Drinks'  and is written by Susy Atkins. For most of us that grow our own fruit it's a very handy book as it's a good way to use up a glut of fruit, other than making jam.

To be honest I probably wouldn't have looked for a book on the subject or even considered buying one, as apart from trying to make some wine from a kit years ago (not successfully to be honest !) I haven't really had a hankering to make my own. BUT being honest again ! i have to say that this book is not only good to look at it's also inspiring and really makes me want to have a go.

It's a beautifully laid out book with clear instructions, and the photography is excellent.  As part of the introduction says - I quote :-
This is a straightforward, no-nonsense introduction to drinks-making at home. Most of your core ingredients are out in the fields, hedgerows and gardens, there for the taking. Let's get started. (Which I agree with.)

The nice thing about it is there are drinks for all occasions, including  fruit cordials,  champagne, beers, and even spiced tea's  such as Mint tea, Lemon Verbena Tea, Lemon Balm tea Fennel tea and many more, even Lavender lemonade ! oh and even fruit syrups to add to puddings and ice cream.

Here are a few photo's from the book just to give you an idea on the book.  If you are into making your own drinks or want to have a go this is an excellent book, and if like me you are a sucker for beautiful books it's a lovely one to have and look through.

If you get a chance to look at a copy I really do recommend it.


Mrs Jones said...

Oh, now that looks right up my street! I shall add it to my Amazon wish list immediately!!!!

Maureen said...

Hi MRS JONES, well if you make anything from the book please share it with us, not literally of course ! just a post, and I will do the same. Let's hope it stops raining for the week-end !!! I know we needed rain but this is ridiculous.

Mrs Jones said...

I also wanted to say how very jealous I am that they sent you a book to review on how to make drinks, including alcoholic ones. The only book I got sent to review was on the history of weeds!!!

Mark Willis said...

Mo, how do you get to be chosen to review these books? It appears to be something you do quite often.

Caro (UrbanVegPatch) said...

Hi Maureen, nice to see so many photos from the book. The fruit cordials and teas have got my interest ... I'll look the book up on Amazon and perhaps give it a go.

Maureen said...

MRS JONES, sorry but that made me laugh !! your plot must look weedy and I must look like an alcoholic !! ha ha

MARK, I don't know how I got lucky. The publishers just contacted me out of the blue and had been reading my blog, I guess companies realise that blogs are good advertising, and although I thought I wouldn't be tempted to do reviews I changed my mind,. I love freebies especially books, so I am more than happy to give an honest opinion on them.

CARO, the book is so good to look through that I couldn't stop posting photo's it really is a nice book and that's an honest opinion, not because I got it sent to me.

Anna said...

Thanks for the review Maureen. Will keep my eyes open for a copy :)