Giveaway: Quench by Ashley English

Quench cover

For first 23 years of my life, homemade drinks were limited to coffee, tea, and orange juice reconstituted from frozen concentrate. Soon after I moved to Philadelphia, I learned what a pleasure it could be to make infused iced teas (black spiced with lavender and green steeped with a few apple slices are still favorites from those days). Since then, I’ve played with syrups, shrubs, kombucha, and the occasional homemade soda carbonated with champagne yeast.

Quench intro

However, Ashley English‘s new book (which officially comes out tomorrow!) makes me realize that I’ve only just tapped at the surface of what is possible in the world of homemade beverages. Called Quench, this lovely little hardback features shrubs, infused spirits, fermented sips, herbal tisanes, sweet/tart sodas, party punches, and inventive cocktails.

Quench infused liquors

What I particularly like about this book is that there is something here for just about everyone. Kids will love helping to make the homemade Lemon Lime Soda (page 23), while parents will be happy that it only requires five ingredients (and other than citric acid, they’re all kitchen staples). Hard core DIY folks will dig the wine making tutorial (page 155), while those of us who like a good infusion will happily explore the chapter called Spirited (it starts on page 103).

Quench gin and tonic punch

I am also taken by the fact that Quench includes both recipes for seasonal, serviceable basics (like the Pear Bitters on page 143) and then suggestions for how to use them in something delicious, like the Cozy Cardigan Cocktail, (further down on page 143). I’ve also made a mental note that I must someday frost a cake with the Lavender and Honey Ganache that is used in the Lavender Hot Chocolate on page 84.

Quench back

I’ve had a serious crush on this book since last winter, when Ashley’s editor sent me a copy of the bound manuscript and asked if I might write a blurb for the back. I spent half a day lost in the words and recipes, and have looked forward to the finished book ever since. The completed version is better than I could have imagined, printed on sturdy paper and illustrated with Jen Altman’s perfect photography.

Quench spine

Thanks to Ashley and Roost Books, I have two copies of Quench to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite homemade beverage. It can be hard or soft, simple or complex. OR, if you prefer, share something that’s on your to-make list.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by the end of the day on Sunday, November 2, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Roost Books sent me three copies of Quench. One was for photography and review purposes, and the other two were to give away. No additional compensation was required and, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely mine. 

 

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387 Responses to Giveaway: Quench by Ashley English

  1. 351
    Audrey says:

    Cruel Mule (Moscow Mule with the rim of the glass rubbed with jalapeno)…yum!

  2. 352
    Jeanne says:

    There is nothing better than fresh squeezed orange juice! (Especially if someone else does the squeezing!)

  3. 353
    Gen says:

    I love homemade lemonade, it is my favorite non-alcoholic drink. My favorite alcoholic drink to date is homemade kahlua.

  4. 354
    Lisa says:

    I love making spiced chai, using whole fresh spices and coconut milk.

  5. 355
    Priscilla says:

    Enjoying the grape shrub I recently made.

  6. 356
    Cyndi says:

    Infused chamomile rose water tea

  7. 357
    Nicole says:

    I like to make my own eggnog.

  8. 358
    Karen says:

    I love freshly brewed coffee (not complicated, but makes my mornings brighter!).

  9. 359
    jennifer says:

    My fav homemade drink is simple – I add fresh ginger and honey to spice up a mug of hot tea. I would definitely enjoy reading all the drink recipes in Quench!

  10. 360
    Craig Evans says:

    I’ve made ‘Queen’s Anne Lace” lemonade in the summer the past few years. Syrupy and nice over ice with some carbonated water (also can be turned into a nice jelly… Got a 1st in Misc.Jellies at the county fair this past summer). Made a rhubarb shrub this past summer as well, and a batch of rhubarb bitters (had to get a couple of the herbs for the bittering mail-order from Penn Herb Company in Philly).
    Am making my first attempt at wine this year… have two gallons of wild grape (had already made jelly), and pulled some frozen gooseberries out of the freezer and have a bucket fermenting of that (had made both gooseberry jam and gooseberry jelly back in August).

  11. 361
    Erin says:

    Cherry shrub! I really want to start making some infused spirits too.

  12. 362
    Becky says:

    Coffee! We love it, have to have some every morning.

  13. 363
    Courtney says:

    I love to make ginger simple syrup and mix it with some fizzy water (and dark rum, if I’m feeling it).

  14. 364
    Connie N says:

    I’m sort of a boring classic. I love my gin and tonic and have recently started exploring home made tonics and nothing beats the fresh-groundbeans-pour-the-water-through-the-filter coffee in the morning
    I’m intrigued by the idea of making my own mixers, infusions and flavorings! Thanks for showing us these interesting books and concepts!!

  15. 365
    Lorena says:

    I love Kombucha (My favorite is flavored with Lingonberries) although I make a lot of different homemade drinks.

  16. 366
    Yafa says:

    Home made Kahlua is fabulous! My stepdaughter’s version rocks!

  17. 367
    Allison says:

    I’m planning to try to make hard cider this year!

  18. 368
    Karin says:

    We have begun making our own ginger beer and each batch gets better and better! The last one we added little tiny hot peppers to the mix for a bit of kick!

  19. 369
    Caitlyn says:

    This book looks great! A favorite beverage of mine is chilled mint and lemonbalm tea on a summer day.

  20. 370
    Nancy says:

    My favorite summer drink is lavendar lemonade with my homegrown lavendar…

  21. 371
    Handful says:

    Looks like a very interesting book. I love my fermented drinks.

  22. 372
    cgstetzel says:

    Always on the hunt for a new recipe! Just tried and loved my first Brooklyn. Similar to a Manhattan but with amaretto instead of cherry juice – Delicious!

  23. 373
    Karen says:

    My favorite homemade drink thus far has been coffee liqueur, mostly for white russians. A close second would be the homemade grenadine. I like sweet drinks. 🙂 I’m looking forward to making cream soda next.

  24. 374
    Teresa says:

    It is so boring but I’m afraid my favorite beverage is good ole sweetened iced tea.

  25. 375
    Mollie says:

    As the cooler months roll around I get excited to make an old family favorite, Glug. Made of mulled cider and a favorite adult brown beverage!

  26. 376
    Kat says:

    Blueberry shrub is quite delicious especially as a mixer. 🙂

  27. 377
    katrina says:

    I love making lemoncello! My cordials have come in handy as well!

  28. 378
    Sandra Gooch says:

    I would absolutely die without my coffee, love it!

  29. 379
    Edward says:

    I’ve been fascinated by drinking vinegars and shrubs lately

  30. 380
    Tonya H says:

    My dad’s winter wassail, with or without spiced rum…it’s the BEST!

  31. 381
    Mel says:

    Do fresh-squeezed juices count? I’ve been making OJ and pomegranate juices of late. I’m currently daydreaming about kombucha.

  32. 382
    Liz F. says:

    My homemade hot chocolate. Mmm…