Review and Giveaway: Edible Cocktails

**Giveaway Closed 5/15/12**

During the summer I buy most of my produce at Chicago’s Green City Market—a fantastic farmer’s market that connects local producers and farmers to chefs, restaurateurs, food organizations, and the public. I love cooking with locally sourced ingredients and find that using seasonal, high-quality blueberries and tomatoes can turn a dish from dull to irresistible.

If seasonal ingredients tremendously improve the quality of food why can’t they do the same for alcohol?

In Edible Cocktails:From Garden to Glass—Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist, Natalie Bovis proves they can. Natalie gives you tips, tricks, and recipes for making extraordinary cocktails with delicious, fresh foods. Her recipes range from simple to complex, classic to unique, and include jams and syrups in addition to alcoholic beverages.

Immediately upon reading the book, I dogeared every other page; recipes on my short-list include: a Ginger Berry Flip, Fig and Whiskey Preserves, Smoked Bacon-Washed Bourbon, and a Cilantro-Cucumber Vodka Collins.

Last weekend, for a friend’s birthday party, I checked one cocktail off my list: the Garden Bloom—a wine-based cocktail that begins with Sauvignon Blanc and adds garden-fresh ingredients including strawberries and lavender-rosemary syrup. My friends called the drink “liquid candy” and could not get enough of it. I eventually had to cut everyone off when I ran out of lemon juice, but by then it was becoming evident that we all indulged in a few too many Garden Blooms (recipe below).

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Alex Milling is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and loves dry red wines.


**Recipe**

Garden Bloom
From Edible Cocktails
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 strawberry
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce Lavender-Rosemary Syrup (recipe below)
2 ounces Sauvignon Blanc
3/4 ounce Grey Goose La Poire (pear-flavored vodka)
1 edible flower (for garnish)

Muddle strawberry with lemon juice. Add Lavender-Rosemary Syrup, Sauvignon Blanc, and vodka. Shake with dry ice. Double strain into an ice-filled white wine glass. Float edible flower on the surface of the drink.

Lavender-Rosemary Syrup
From Edible Cocktails
Serves 10

Ingredients
1 cup brewed lavender tea (found in specialty tea shops, gourmet grocery stores, or dry your own lavender flowers)
1 cup white granulated sugar
Approximately 25 leaves plucked from fresh rosemary springs

Bring all of the above to a boil in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Let cool. Double strain into a glass jar or bottle. Refrigerate.

Originally posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

14 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Edible Cocktails”

  1. Natalie Bovis

    May 2nd, 2012

    Thank you for the wonderful review! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book and drinks. I shared this on facebook. Thank you for doing a book give-away, too. Cheers, Natalie

  2. K Carter

    May 4th, 2012

    This looks delicious! I would love to try something with basil or rhubarb.

  3. K Carter

    May 4th, 2012

    I’ve also become attached to cara-cara oranges recently. They have the most amazing flavor and are pink inside! They would probably pair well with basil. And of course I love persimmons… we have so many drinks to make! Thanks for the great post :)

  4. Cori

    May 6th, 2012

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  5. Cori

    May 6th, 2012

    I’d love to try a cocktail with freshly-picked blackberries.

  6. Lyn

    May 6th, 2012

    Besides Margaritas, a drink made with Midori and pineapple juice & a bit of honeydew melon always reminds me of summer.

  7. Lyn

    May 6th, 2012

    I’m a Facebook fan

  8. Lyn

    May 6th, 2012

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/CatsLitterBox/status/199227961671548931

  9. Jacqui

    May 6th, 2012

    They might already have these, but I think a cotton candy cocktail would be fun and delicious!

  10. Jacqui

    May 6th, 2012

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    May 6th, 2012

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  12. Nicolette

    May 7th, 2012

    I am thinking a blackberry lime concoction sounds fabulous!

  13. Nicolette

    May 7th, 2012

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  14. Marshall

    May 7th, 2012

    I’d like a pear kiwi drink – fruity, but nice for a summer evening.

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