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. What a lovely book.
    Since I spend a lot of the early summer months yanking out the mint that tries to overtake my garden every year, I’m always trying to find ways to use it up. So lots of iced tea and lemonade with mint. Also homemade sangria with lots of whatever fresh fruit is in season.

  2. Sadly, about as adventuresome as we have been so far is adding fresh lemon balm to sun tea. Yep, we need this book! It really shouldn’t be too much of a stretch – we already make our own vanilla extract. How difficult could other infusions be?
    Am seeing this book in my future.

  3. One of my favorite summertime drinks to make at home is a Brazilian cocktail called a “caipirinha”. It is a simple but delicious combination of cachaça (Brazilian rum), lots of lime and sugar. You could also make it with vodka and it becomes as “caipiroska” or other tangy fruits like strawberry and passion fruit. It’s summer in a glass and reminds me of fun days at the beach in Rio! It’s always a hit at parties!

  4. My favorite homemade beverage is iced jasmine tea. My favorite as a kid was when my mother would pick the chocolate mint (it’s a real plant!) that grew wild by the pond and stick it in a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight. I tried buying a pot of that type of mint to grow on my windowsill so I could recreate it, but it attracted every aphid in what seemed like a 10 mile radius.

  5. I can quite a lot of peaches in syrup. We use the leftover syrup with carbonated water to make peach soda for the kids. I also muddle some peaches with some syrup and pour a bit of Stranahan’s whiskey on top to sip. This books sounds wonderful!

  6. All summer, I was really into homemade gin sours with lime juice. Also, a bit more recently, I made some really nice mojitos! It stays warm late here in Georgia, ha ha.

  7. I haven’t tried my hand at making any homemade drinks! This post makes me want to try some. I love apple cider and have enjoyed it made by friends.

  8. My husband brews me my very own beer – a recipe he makes only for me. It’s sinfully dark and just a little bitter with caramel and vanilla undertones. Perhaps if I grabbed a copy of this book, I could make him something equally special and decadent to drink in return!

  9. My favorite homemade drink is chai made from scratch. It’s spicy and warm and perfect in the cold rainy weather.

  10. Um… do “cocktails” count? Typically I like to tinker around remake cocktails that I’ve had while out and about. I feel like I’m getting pretty good at that! I’ve got the Pomegranate Manhattan, Texas Serenade, and Aces & Twos cocktails down!

  11. I love hot cider. Fresh pressed with either a little bourbon or just a cinnamon stick or if i’m really going out a little dollop of TJ’s salted caramel from the jar melted into it topped off with redi whip ( hiding in shame)

  12. I’ve tried homemade hard cider twice now, and failed both times. I need some better guidance apparently! It is on my to-do list, as is some root beer!

  13. I love my homemade ginger beer! Super gingery and limey, and I’m getting quite good at making it super fizzy as well!

  14. My favorite is this spin on an Ayurvedic drink that’s supposed to be a tonic that makes you feel great (it does). You soak 12 almonds for as long as you can (like 3 or 4 hours or more ideally) and then squeeze the skins off. Then soften 2-4 dates in a cup of boiling water (if the almonds haven’t soaked very long I add them too). Then throw it in the blender with a cup of milk and some spices–ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. (I like a mix of these spices but just plain cardamom is also really good and my preference in the summer, as it’s less warming.) Then blend the crap out of it and it becomes this awesome creamy and yet not at all heavy drink. I like to blend it while the water is still pretty warm, so it ends up being a room temperature drink, but you could also aim to make it cold.

  15. Trifoliate (aka hardy) orange gin and tincture. They have such an amazing aroma that you can capture by infusing their zest.

  16. My favorite drink right now is my homemade kombucha. I haven’t flavored it or anything, but I’ve definitely found the right length of fermentation time (for my partner and I, anyway). Yummy.

  17. I always have a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge (year round). My other favorite is almost an agua fresca– lime seltzer with ice cubes made of cucumber & lime juice & a little sugar.

  18. I made two different varieties of rhubarb syrup last spring, and used it to make homemade margaritas, and it was so delicious it was dangerous!

  19. I love Italian sodas! Just sparkling water and a little bit of the Torini flavored syrup. This is the first year I really got into canning and I am planning on making my own flavored syrups next year!

  20. This books looks amazing! I haven’t experimented with very many home made drinks but I would love to try more. My current favourite is London Fog.

  21. I have made a few homemade syrups for Italian soda’s, but I need to expand my horizons. I’d love to make a ginger one for ginger ale.

  22. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice + Aperol + tequila (called the “2-1-2 cocktail”, the recipe is those parts in that order!) plus ice. It’s amazing (and even better if you can find a special someone to juice the grapefruits for you…)!

  23. I love homemade moitos made with fresh mint infused simple syrup. It gets the flavor & color in without the leaves and muddling mess.

  24. There’s nothing more refreshing in the summertime than iced fresh mint tea (or I guess technically, tisane). Had some Vermont Switchel last visit and would love a recipe for that!

  25. We love lemonade made with our own desert grown lemons spiked with a splash of home made limoncello. The best and so refreshing!

  26. I love spiced cider in the winter time. Heat up the apple cider, add some cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice berries with a touch of dark brown sugar. The house smells good and it tastes delicious.

    • My favorite make-at-home beverage is a large cup of very strong coffee, two sugars, and enough half & half to turn that coffee the color of a brown paper bag.

      Sometimes that drink is the only reason to get out of bed in the morning.

  27. This book looks like it could inspire a lot of great drinks and parties! I’ve been making my own chai concentrate recently – it’s much easier that you think and so much tastier than what you buy in most coffee shops.

  28. LOVE Ashley English’s books. She writes the books I would write, if I were writing books, lol. We home brew beer, fruit wines, mead and ciders (both pear and apple). I also make my own chai concentrate. I’ve played around a bit with liqueurs. Did a sour cherry one this summer that tastes just like a cherry jolly rancher.

  29. I want to make a simple syrup for cocktails with maltodextrin. I read that maltodextrin adds a silky thickening effect to the liquid.

  30. In the summer time I make ginger syrup and then use it to make Ginger Sprintzers (with club soda), and also Ginger Iced Tea! Refreshing!! And when I’m in the mood for an “adult beverage” I pour some lemonade into a “rocks” glass and top it with a generous swig of my own blueberry-infused vodka. Cheers!!

  31. I love when my husband messes around with making up drinks with applejack.

    I’ve been making my own almond vodka (vodka over coarsely chopped almonds, let sit a month or so, strain out the liquid) for putting into… well, nearly everything. It goes well in most kinds of tea I drink, hot chocolate, milk, and lots of mixed drinks.

    I also make ginger vodka (slices of ginger in vodka, no sugar, let sit a month or so, strain out the liquid) to put in lemonade (especially over ice!), in iced tea, in smoothies of all sorts, and all sorts of mixed drinks.

  32. Ever since my first visit to Mexico, agua de jamaica and horchata are two of my favourite drinks. I’ve tried making both at home but nothing beats sipping on one on a Mexican beach!

  33. My favorite homemade beverage is certainly apple or pear cider. Unfortunately due to the drought we’ve been having in California none of our fruit trees did well enough to produce enough for cider. 🙁 Would love to check out that book!

  34. Hot cocoa! But I really need a replacement for my favorite soda. I’m sure I could find something in this book – it looks lovely!

  35. I realized this week (since we’re out) that I only like my husband’s homebrew hard cider. All the store versions are super sugary sweet. Good thing there’s a new batch in the carboy.

  36. Wow! Where do I start? I want to make fizzy grape drink, coffee kombucha, perry, hard apple cider…And my list goes on.

  37. Iced mint tea in the summer, warm soothers or hot chocolate in the winter….we play with flavors, extracts and such in them. I am pretty tame, but would love more ideas!

  38. My favorite spirit to make at home is Kahlua. It is really simple and makes a fun gift in small bottles. And I love a White Russian during cold weather. I would like to make my own bitters but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe soon.

  39. I’ve gotten into shrubs in the last year. Current favorite is a peach shrub I made this summer, with basil simple syrup and club soda, and a dash of bitters. And about 50% of the time…bourbon.

  40. I’ve been researching making bitters, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I love adding them to soda water! And I would love to add this book to my cookbook shelf.

  41. my everyday beverage.

    fill large stockpot with 2 quarts water, 2 cups of sugar or 1 cup local honey, 5 nice slices of fresh ginger, and boil hard for 5 minutes. add 6 more quarts of water and 5 green tea bags. bring almost to a boil, turn off heat, let steep all day. fill 2, 1 gallon pitchers. refrigerate. lasts me 4 days. good for digestion, lots of anti oxidants, tastier than water so i will drink more of it.

  42. I’m loving spa water…lemon, lime, orange, cucumber, pineapple, ginger, turmeric…any combination cold in my refrigerator. I’m drinking much more water now. I also have my first batch of kombucha on he bar! We’ll see how that comes out on Saturday morning 🙂

  43. My favorite that I’ve made — that’s not coffee-based — is rhubarb juice. Much fresher tasting than rhubarb syrup and so good.

  44. My favorite drink is a two-for-one: I make homemade limoncello using lemon skins and guts, but no juice. I then use the leftover juice to make lemonade – which has always been my favorite homemade drink.

  45. after purchasing a cute mojito mint plant this summer (b/c i finally got a balcony to grow stuff on!) i developed a love for a simple, classic mojito mint cocktail. just mint + lime juice + sugar + rum and top with lime fizzy water.

  46. There’s this one tea we make, which is basically a ginger tea that’s with honey/sugar and orange rinds. But there’s also homemade hot chocolate (with melted chocolate and good milk, with cinnamon).

  47. This book looks lovely! I’ve started making my own ginger ale using wine yeast, but I’d really like to try growing my own ginger bug for a real brewed ginger ale.

  48. Lemon ginger tea with a splash of locally made ginger liqueur. Just the thing if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

  49. I’ve been taking the cinnamon sticks & vanilla beans from the pear butter we’ve been making and using them to infuse rum, then mix the rum with ginger beer, ginger ale or apple cider. Tastes like October!

  50. I’m kind of addicted to a sort of a shrub I make by the glass — a shot of blackcurrant balsamic in seltzer with a squirt of lime juice. It’s refreshing because of the acid, but not too flimsy.

  51. this winter, i’m going to plan a drinking garden — lots of herbs that make fantastic drinks. I’m looking forward to making camomile & lavender tea from my own garden!

  52. Tis the season for mulled wine! I follow the Joy of Cooking recipe as soon as it gets chilly. Protip: keep a batch of spiced simple syrup in the fridge.

  53. I haven’t made a lot of drinks at home outside of tea, but I would love to try! I have tried infused peach vodka before which was wonderful.

  54. Goodness, I need this book. I’ve fallen in love with infused spirits. I’m planning a spiced pear rum and an aquavit-type of liquor. I’d love to branch out beyond just booze.

  55. Rosemary ginger lemonade – simple syrup that is infused with rosemary and ginger. Mix with lemon juice and sparkling water, OR lemon juice and vodka. Delicious!

  56. Have on hand sparkling waters… plain and flavored. Pour in glass.
    Stir in lemon or lime simple syrup.
    Stir in a spoon of good quality frozen juice concentrate.

  57. I have a weekly shot of a drug that totally kills my vitamins, so I drink an entire pitcher of guilt free homemade strawberry lemonade. I can the concentrate and share it with my mom.

  58. Oh wow, this book sounds amazing. I love making Ginger Ale. I talk about this to people sometimes, and they get this confused look on their face and say something like, ginger ale is ok I guess. i only drink it when I’m sick. At which point I rush to inform them that they have not really had a true ginger ale, as the ones sold in stores have next to no real ginger left in them. I get a little over enthusiastic on the subject, i wont lie.

    When I make ginger ale, My home smells like ginger for days afterward. Its an amazing thing to come home to, and the drink itself is so much better than anything you can buy.

  59. My very favorite is the most simple of all: A simple glass of ice tea with lemon – – and a leaf of fresh mint!

    The problem in my NYC apartment is having fresh mint available at all times. I am always growing them in my sunny, south-facing window and they always die before their time.

  60. we used to make beer and hard cider, now I want to make root beer and ginger ale! This summer we did all kinds of flavored lemonade – bought lemons by the case.

  61. I drink alot of seltzer with any fruit I have around—peach slices, strawberries, apple slices, etc. thrown in. I also just started infusing vodka and I tried thai peppers in the vodka. I took them out after about tw weeks, and the vodka was amazing. It had just the right amount of heat!

  62. I like to find ways to use foraged wild fruits and herbs that grow around the farm. Crabapples, choke cherries, mint, honeysuckle and Hawthorne.
    This year I really enjoyed a mint liquor made with grated cucumber. Very fresh and super chilling, not Creme-de-menthey at all.

  63. I guess I’m a pretty basic drink maker – ice tea, hot tea, lemonade. I’d love to get into more (for me) exotic drinks!

  64. How to pick a favorite?! It is hard to go wrong with classic sweet tea made with simple syrup and some fresh mint. Fruit infused simple syrup makes it even better or fruit tea. Then of course this time of year coffee or hot chocolate with homemade Irish cream liqueur.

  65. I love homemade lemonade. I would like to learn how to make alcoholic drinks as I like to entertain and right now I’m limited to wine/beer.

  66. Oh my – what a lovely book! One of my recent favorites is strawberry infused rum mojitos. Once the summer strawberries come in I always have a batch of this rum at the ready! The strawberry flavor is so fresh tasting and a nice variation on the traditional mojito.

  67. this looks like an amazing Christmas present for a foodie friend of mine! Are there any canning-type recipes or just awesome beverages?

    • There’s not a lot in the book that is designed for canning. That said, a number of the infusions would be shelf stable for a good long time because of their high alcohol content.

  68. Every Jan or Feb I make a bottle of Lemoncello. I try to use Meyer lemons. The process is simple.
    I like the repetitive process of removing the pith of the strips of lemon rind. Making this in dreary winter brings some “sunshine” inside as memories of sipping Lemoncello with friends on a hot summer night warms me up! It won’t be long now!( till it’s sunny & warm again) is what I think every time I open the fridge & see the lemon strips infusing the alcohol!

  69. Beautiful book! One of my favorite drinks is watermelon, fresh basil, and a generous pinch of sea salt—blended with a few ice cubes and and topped with some chilled sparking water.

  70. I always keep 2 pitchers of iced tea in the fridge. I use 8 tea bags per 2 liter pitcher. While the water is boiling for the tea a one inch finger sized length of ginger very very thin. Then I toss the ginger with a sprinkle of sugar to start extracting the gingers flavors. After the tea bags have steeped for 5 minutes I add 1/4 cup honey. Then I pack the ginger slices in one of those egg shaped tea ball and let it steep in the tea for at least 4 hours. Let it steep for longer if you want it spicier.

    This is my go to drink instead of soft drinks.

    Hint: I totally sold on the super space saving Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 2-Liters. They are square and you will not believe how little space they use as compared to a round pitcher!

  71. I have many favorites, but lately all I can think about is this years batch of Rumtopf. I cannot wait till the holidays so I can make some yummy cocktails with it!

  72. I have to say that I make a wicked mojito! But that is truly a summer beverage. Along with lime mint syrup for a refreshing summer non-alcoholic treat. I don’t have a favorite winter beverage with the exception of a great cup of tea or coffee.

  73. I’ve been making homemade kombucha for about 3 years and enjoy using a variety of teas. Lately I’ve been wanting more. This book sounds like it fills that want.

  74. My answer is rather boring compared to most but what I drink the most of is coffee and / or lemonade and of course lots of water.

  75. A while back I went a little nuts picking sour cherries. They’ve been mingling with sugar, vodka and a cinnamon stick for the past 15 months . The little bottle I keep in the freezer looks like frosted rubies and warms a fall night in the Berkshires.

  76. I made strawberry applesauce and the remnant juice is amazing. So, now I’m experimenting with making the juice without the sauce.

  77. This year I made blackberry bourbon for Christmas presents 🙂 I’d really like to learn to make a variety of iced teas.

  78. My favorite (as of right now) is mineral or sparkling water with some lemonade or pomegranate juice. Not too sweet but some flavor and very refreshing!

  79. I love an elderberry gin and tonic…I currently use an elderberry liquor, but am hoping to try to make my own elderberry syrup some day!

  80. I started making kombucha this year. I am addicted and have sent many happy scobys on to new homes to produce more batches of love. I kinda like it simple second fermentation with ginger and lemon. Next on my list is cherry chia buch.

  81. Love Jen altman’s photography and I’m such a beverage person so I’m looking forward to this book! I love a nice cocktail but the beverage that ends up at our table every meal is good ol’ sweet tea 🙂 never gets old.

  82. A friend of mine makes a great summer cocktail – Tito vodka with ginger syrup and club soda. Add a spring of mint and you have a fabulous hot weather drink.

  83. Cherry Bounce! (A sweet cherry infused bourbon or whiskey.) George Washington’s favorite drink. We currently have 8 mason jars on our bar waiting to be consumed. It goes down smooth straight and really changes any cocktail its mixed into. My mom claims the cherry’s eaten after they are soaked in the bourbon help her knees.

  84. I enjoy canning my own juices from the bounty of the Willamette Valley – apple, grape, plum, blueberry – and then adding them to iced tea or mixing with sparkling water.

  85. Every first week in October we gather with all our neighbors. We each bring all the remaining apples on our trees and sound windfalls up to our friends. The day is spent chipping the cleaned apples in a grinder and then placing them in two large antique hand operated people powered apple presses. Thousands of liters are pressed, then pasteurized and we syphon the juice to 10 liter bags. The result looks like boxed wine but is in 10 liter boxes instead. It is shelve stable until we run out or the next October comes. The day ends with a huge feast of roasted wild boar that has been cooking slowly all day outside and pot luck salads, sides and desserts. And of course freshly pressed cider, the perfect drink!

  86. My newest interest is infusions, some alcoholic, some not. My most recent success was a plum-cinnamon-and-vanilla infused vodka. Delightful out of the freezer after dinner.

  87. I like to heat up and shake together whole milk, honey, and cinnamon and add that to my coffee in the mornings. It’s gently fall-like but not very sweet. Perfect!

  88. I’ve been experimenting with beverages over the past couple years. It started with the time consuming process of turning wild grapes into yummy juice, has continued through sumac-ade (not a success), red clover lemonade (need to find some red clover seed so I can do this all summer long) plus alcohol based experiments like quince liqueur and noccino from green walnuts. My favorite so far probably the quince liqueur when it’s mellowed for a year. This book would provide lots of new experiments I am sure.

  89. Probably one of my favorite things to make has been homemade strawberry lemonade. I saw a tip online about saving your strawberry hulls that have some fruit attached to them and freezing them to use later. I added a gallon bag of them to a cup or two of water and a cup of sugar and made a boiled strawberry syrup, intensely ruby, drained out the hulls, and added the syrup to fresh squeezed lemonade. You can obviously do it with puréed strawberries too, and I’ve done that as well; if you do that in the summer, save the hulls for a batch when strawberries aren’t in season. It was fantastic! Can’t wait to do this again later this winter for a summery treat.

    I would love to get my hands on that book! I love everything Ashley puts out. Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂

  90. This summer I made boozey peaches. (sliced peaches infused 5 weeks in a vodka and spiced rum simple syrup). They were to die for!! I am seriously kicking myself for not making more.

  91. I made homemade vanilla from vodka and it is so much better than what you buy in stores. I hope to infuse fruit in vodka this winter.

  92. I love making liquors, infustions, homemade Khaula is my favorite,as well as non alchoholic flavored tea…I am always looking for new ideas!!

  93. I’ve been enjoying chaga tea tonic. It’s a mushroom with many healing properties– has a good body to it and is neutral yet deep tasting. It would be nice with almond or coconut milk for a creamy drink too.

  94. I always like to keep a container of filtered water in the fridge, with some organic lemon slices & mint from my garden. Sometimes will use cucumber slices in place of the lemon. I’m currently trying to grow my own SCOBY to make Kombucha. Would love to explore the ideas in this book!

  95. I’ve been making my own kombucha for several months now, and love it! I want to learn more about flavouring it… Also on my to-do list is some apple scrub with some tasty but not so pretty foraged apples. Mmm!

  96. I have 2 — Cranberry Liqueur and Rico’s South-of-the-Border Coffee Liqueur, both recipes from the book “Cordials from Your Kitchen” by Pattie Vargas & Rich Gulling.

  97. Herbal infusions and teas are my standard. I forget to play with herbs, fruit, and spirits until holidays come around, but when they do, boozy cranberries are amazing.

  98. Infusions–mostly with the summer fruit I’ve squirreled away in the freezer. It helps keep the beverages (mostly water–but I’m thinking of branching out to carbination…..) cold and adds flavor as well!

  99. Currently I’m trying to refine a spiced tea blend.. or really a tea made out of spices and maybe a little rooibos. And I’m trying to grow herbs indoors for herbal teas.

  100. My go to drink, no matter the weather or time of day is a large mug of boiling water, 1 inch chunk of grated ginger, 1 whole lemon reamed out to get all the pulp and juice, generous…very generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

  101. In the spirit of not wasting anything, my partner has experimented with using the last of the syrup in our canned peaches. The resulting drink is amazing – vodka, peach syrup &maybe a little bit of tonic is the basic that she works from – and it was really ratched up a level or three when she added the left-over syrup from our brandied peaches (which had been sitting there for about 18 mths). Yum.

    The best home-made liqueur I have ever tasted was feijoa liqueur made by a fellow kiwi – I tried it when I visited her back home in New Zealand. It was devine (feijoas are sometimes called pineapple guava).

  102. I’d like to try making infused iced teas like you mentioned above since I have always used regular black tea for that. Thanks for the idea!

  103. Hot cocoa is certainly my favorite homemade drink. Usually I just microwave it in the mug but making it on the stove is even better.

  104. Oh, this book could be a lot of fun! I love making beer because there are so many creative variables. I’ve recently started making kombucha and experimenting with different flavors. I’ve tried hard apple cider (turned out decent) and this year am trying a wine from neighborhood grapes.

  105. When I was in Romania this past summer I discovered “syrup de brad,” or syrup of the pine tree. It is made by gathering the green sprouts from the tree in the summer and boiling water and adding some sugar. The sprouts are taken out and you are left with a delicious sweet syrup. I had it mixed with lemonade. I got the recipe and you can be sure I’ll be on the lookout for those buds.

  106. Sparkling water + (everything from Meyer lemons to cranberry and sparkling wine) = all good. I’m ready to explore more beyond shrubs which I explored this past summer with homemade vinegar.

  107. To avoid all the added junk, I can a lot of juice concentrates. We then just add water to taste and fresh fruit if we want and presto!

    • I make a ” woodman’s refresher ” when I can not fall asleep
      Heat 1-2 cups of milk (I do not do dairy so use almond/ coconut etc.) to medium simmer
      add 1-2 Tbsp of real maple syrup
      a dash or 2 of high quality cinnamon
      a dash of salt if so inclined
      use your nose, inhale deeply then sip slowly

  108. During pomegranate season I make fresh juice and then make martinis. For the new year fresh blood orange juice mimosas.

  109. I made lavender syrup this summer for the first time, and it was absolutely delicious added to sparkling water–and quite a few cocktails. Next summer I will definitely be making more of this! And I want to try other herbal infusions, and fruit infusions, and cocktail mixes, and and and!

  110. While living in Germany, I was introduced to Apfelschorle, which is a 50:50 mix of sparkling water and your favorite apple juice. A great everyday drink.

  111. I was a bartender during college, and mojitos were all the rage in the summer. Oddly enough I don’t drink much alcohol aside from a nice glass of Sauvignon blanc on occasion, so to deflect the constant pressure from coworkers and patrons to imbibe, I created a “water-jito”: muddled mint and lemon wedges in water with a tiny spritz of soda water. It was delicious and refreshing, and very much in line with my non-alcoholic taste preferences! The best part is that everyone just assumed I was drinking a mojito!

  112. My very very favorite drink to make at home is rosemary-infused lemonade. It is the #1 reason I’m so excited for summertime! Lounging poolside is a very close second, however. 🙂

  113. Herbal hot teas are still our favorites, although flavored lemondades are a close second. We have a constant pot of tea from September until April.

  114. Kombucha! I love the versatility of flavor potentials. I’m currently brewing an elderberry hibiscus and am second fermenting hibiscus grape and a coconut chai.
    After brewing I set my spent tea bags outside in a mason jar of water for a batch of sun tea.

  115. The 1st year I canned, I made your spiced pickled cherries. After eating eh cherries I used the liquid along with club soda as a refreshing and spicy drink.

  116. Shrubs of all kinds, mostly the brine from pickled fruits but I made a concord grape shrub with our own grapes and red wine vinegar that is pretty great. Even my 9yo loves it.

  117. My favorite? a whiskey hot toddy on a winter night (or when nursing a cold), or seltzer with a homemade syrup stirred in on a summer day.

  118. I’ve been on a lemonade kick lately and my favorite is strawberry lemonade or vanilla lemonade.

    For strawberry lemonade: 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, 1 pkg of frozen strawberries, 2 quarts of water. Crush the strawberries and mix everything together.

    For vanilla lemonade: 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, 2 quarts of water, couple teaspoons of real vanilla extract. Mix everything together.

  119. I would love to explore shrubs. I’ve seen them around on blogs but never tried them. I love vinegary things so I think I would like it. Looks like a great book!

  120. Our favorite drink to make is lemonade with ‘fancy’ ice cubes (something’s frozen inside, like a berry, edible flower, mint leaf, etc.)

  121. To be honest, ever since I bought my soda stream, my favorite beverage is just plain carbonated water! But I’m always open to tossing new things into it, or into making tea blends, or whatever 🙂

  122. I started juicing, and so far my favorite has been carrot-orange-ginger. But before juicing, myfavorite homemade beverage has to be espresso shakerato! (espresso shaken with ice and simple syrup).

  123. my favorite cocktail is Aperol with a little gin and lots of grapefruit but I am always looking for a new way to make and preserve fruit This book sounds like just the ticket.

  124. My favourite home-made beverage is likely hot chocolate. If I’m short on time, I use cocoa powder as a short cut, but I love starting with decent chocolate and milk…..

  125. I love ginger soda made with home-brewed ginger syrup. I read about putting some peppercorns in with the ginger — gives it a really nice kick! I’m sure it would be great in a cocktail, but it’s never lasted that long!

  126. I like collect elderberries that grow wild near my house and make elderberry syrup. It’s great to mix in sparkling water on a hot day. Or add a spoon full to a smoothie.

  127. A few years back, before kids, I made basil lemon syrup to complete basil lemonade (or basil gimlets). So easy and so good. And as I’m writing, I’m remembering I have some basil at home to use up…

  128. I love making kombucha, and my boyfriend makes a mean homemade soda. We’re both always experimenting with new flavor combinations!

  129. I love trying a variety of drinks . . . but my favorite is brewed iced tea with a bit of sugar to sweeten and a slice of lemon. So refreshing.

  130. I was so surprised and happy when I found out how easy it is to make my own almond milk. I thought I would have to give it up completely when I discovered the problems with carrageenan. But in fifteen minutes I can make it even better than what is store bought.

  131. we discovered a mint herbal water while vacationing this summer in upper Michigan. We could not get enough of it! The gal that made it said she used 7 different mints and “a few other herbs”. We are now growing 3 kinds of mint inside over the winter to be able to make a mint infusion water. My neighbor and friend grows a lot of herbs and this summer we used lemon balm, 4 types of mint, and lemon grass to make our own concoction. It was “almost” as good as the one from Michigan.

  132. My favorite adult drink to make is Rumptopf. Basically my husband picks wild red and black raspberries and I them mix together equal parts crushed berries, the raspberry juice from a bunch of the berries, sugar, and rum. Put into a mason jar (or a larger crock with a lid if making a larger batch) and let macerate for 4-6 weeks. It lasts for a long time and I like to use it like Chambord. I use the berries over pound cake or vanilla ice cream – so good!!

  133. I think my all time favorite is fruit syrups!!
    I get a two quart jar, fill it one third to half with soft fruit/chopped plums, add two cups of sugar & top up with over proof vodka. Let sit for at least two weeks.
    The longer it sits, the nicer it gets – especially with plums. When I’m achy & coughy I take a shot glass or two. Yuppers, makes you warm & glowing & makes you want to sleep all night.

  134. I really would like to try and make a ginger beer. It just sounds so delicious and to be able to make it myself would be so wonderful!

  135. Shrubs from the leftover brine when I’m pickling fruit! Cranberries and cherries have both made fantastic shrubs. I would love to put this book to good use. It looks lovely!

  136. I made some ginger ale last year with yeast for carbonation and it was so tasty and just pleasant to drink. I think I might make some more this week actually.

  137. Warm spiced carob milk is a fall/winter favorite; having become lactose-intolerant, now I use soy or nut milk.
    Someone mentioned how exciting it was to learn to make almond milk; I had that joy, too, last December. But living in Oregon, where we grow a lot of filberts, and no almonds, I switched to filbert milk (that would be hazelnuts to most of you). It’s delicious, too. Especially in hot chocolate.

  138. I made cranberry infused vodka’s for my family for Christmas last year and put them in pretty bottles with gift tags – they loved them! This year I am thinking about trying shrubs or limoncello – it’s so much fun and my family gets a big kick out of it.

  139. I make my own Chai syrup – starting with loose English Breakfast tea and adding my own blend of whole spices – cinnamon, star anise, sometimes even some dried orange peel. If I’ve roasted some pumpkins – I make pumpkin chai. It is fabulous, and you’ll never spend $5 at Starbucks again!

  140. I love to make tea with coffee. It is popular in the far east where I came from. I use Hong Kong Tea bags purchased from Asian supermarkets. Put one tea bag and one heaping teaspoonful of instant coffee in a 12oz mug and fill it with boiling water. Then sweeten it with condensed milk.
    p.s. Hong Kong Tea is supposed to be different from Lipton black tea.

  141. I’m looking forward to using the rhubarb syrup I put up this spring using your recipe – I’m also planning on giving a half pint away with a soda machine at this year’s family Yankee Swap!

  142. I have many faves, but the one I drink most often is a shrub made with blackberries, star anise, and white balsamic vinegar. In the summer time I add gin.

  143. I made chocolate candied cherry ice cream this year, and we mixed the leftover cherry syrup with soda water for a week or so. It was really, really good, not unlike Italian sodas.

  144. Our favorite new drink this year that we have tried making is the apple pie infused bourbon. Great hit at parties. YUM!!!!

  145. I’ve become a big fan of bitters. I’ve been getting seasonal bitters from Kings Road Apothecary in L.A. and am also interested in trying my hand at it.

  146. In the summer I make cherry limeade with club soda, fresh lime juice [sweetened with sugar] and
    maraschino juice, of course a couple cherries in every glass. We grow mint and all summer we keep
    iced tea with bruised mint leaves in the fridge So refreshing
    In the winter I love homemade cocoa or hot sweetened vanilla milk

  147. I pretty much want everyone’s recipes now, blackberry-white balance shrub? yes please! I love fruit shrubs But I’ll give you a recipe for our favorite pick-up when you need a bright flavor in the Midwest winter: Detriot Daisy: make real grenadine syrup by barely boiling equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice. Slap 8 mint leaves and combine in a shaker w: 2oz dark rum, 3/4 ounces each of your syrup and lime juice. strain over ice.

  148. Shrubs! Made a peach shrub this summer with approximately 1 cup peaches, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 cup white balsamic and a knob of ginger (grated). Delicious. Especially mixed with rye, soda and lemon.

  149. I add a pinch of yeast to bottled apple juice or cider – leave it on the counter until it gets bubbles and then refrigerate. Even reconstituted juice works.

  150. spiced chai, a handful of spices (whole) boiled then strained, I then add honey and warmed milk it’s delicious, tastes like christmas!

  151. I def need help in the drink dept. I don’t drink enough because I’m not a fan of water (who really is) and don’t want to drink calories of other drinks. My boyfriend drinks way to much pop and needs new and interesting drinks to stay away from it.

  152. I was given a jar of homegrown grape juice and now I am just itching to try my hand at making more made at home drinks, juices and the like. Thanks for the chance to try out Quench in my kitchen.

  153. Wow! Looks like a gorgeous book!

    When I visit my boyfriend, I arrive fairly late at night. He always shows up at the airport with a cup of hot tea with a bit of honey and milk. It’s the best welcome home gift I could get from him!

  154. I don’t make a whole lot of homemade drinks (unless you count dumping lemonade mix into water!) but I think it would be fun! My husband and I have tried our hand at a few cocktails, and really like making White Russians. Yummy!

  155. Last summer, someone gave my elderly neighbour four shopping bags of pears. What’s a little old lady who lives by herself going to do with that many pears?? So she gave some to me and one of the things I made was a Pear-Fennel syrup. OH BOY! That syrup sweetened green tea in the winter, and made a lovely tipple in white sangria in the summer. I only shared one bottle – with my pear benefactor. May her friend’s tree provide such prodigious produce every year!

  156. I have fallen in love with making my own shrubs. I love the sweet sour punch that they pack and they easily replace a fizzy, sweet drink craving.

  157. I never even knew you could make anything more than tea and lemonade at home until I started reading your blog! And now I’ve been curious about it ever since. I tackled my first shrub (I think) by mixing some leftover sweet and vinegary brine from a batch of pear pickles. It was delicious and I’d love to explore more!

  158. I like to make cherry bounce to have for the winter and fell in love with home-made blueberry lemonade with mint this summer. Warm apple cider has always been been a favorite…and I’m excited about making almond Mike (I hear it’s wonderful)
    Thanks for this opportunity. ..have both your books and love them!

  159. I haven’t been that adventurous in this regard, however I have been looking into alcoholic beverages now that I am retiring. I have been looking at making my own bitters and creating other syrups to use. This summer I experimented with adding alcohol to my jams (marsala wine, rum, bourbon and amaretto). Now I’d like to reverse the process and create some fruit or spiced syrups to use in drinks.

    To this point the only thing I’ve done is mix things with seltzer water. When I visited my Aunt in Germany she preserved her own cherries. These were sour cherries. They had no soda in the house but they did have selzer water. My Aunt mixed some of the juice from the canned cherries with seltzer water and voila, cherry soda. It was fabulous. I’ve tried that here in the U.S. by saving the juice from canned sour cherries when I make pie, as well as other juices but haven’t really explored anything formally.

    This book sounds really great. Something I would take advantage of.

  160. I’m trying a homemade ginger beer right now! I’m also planning to get some champagne yeast and play with carbonation, but that might have to wait until after the holiday canning/sewing/bakefest.

  161. I love making chai tea from scratch, with black tea, whole spices (cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise), and milk and water. So good.

  162. I’ve always wanted to make my own root and ginger beers. A little paranoid about beverage explosions, but the result should be worth it, right?

  163. Can,t help but my first drink I made in my early years in the kitchen. A big glass of whole milk with Hershey,s syrup.I,’ve come along way since then, but that drink was the best.

  164. I am currently fermenting apples in a canning jar and hoping for apple wine. If it doesn’t work I will turn it into Apple cider vinegar!

  165. I make an incredible champagne cocktail. That’s my favorite. But the kids would say that my best is something my mother called “Mad Hatters’ Breakfast.” The recipe came from an Imperial Pure Cane Sugar cookbook for children from the 1970s that I got with proofs of purchase. A Tbsp. of sugar, a few drops of vanilla, two cups of milk and a raw egg, whirred in the blender until frothy. Yes, it’s essentially vanilla ice cream that hasn’t been frozen yet. But it makes a reasonably healthy, very fast, and quite protein heavy breakfast!

  166. My kids love making lemonade. They squeeze the lemons and I pour the juice, sugar, water and (our secret ingredient) a pinch of salt into a water bottle. After sealing it tight, the kids go to work shaking it until all of the sugar has dissolved.

  167. This book looks quite intriguing. Awhile ago I had some lemons that were going to go bad if not used. I made lemonade added some mint simple syrup and a jigger of spiced rum. Served over ice on that hot day. It was really good.

  168. We had to improvise one time when we were in a vacation rental in New York. Wanted Margarita’s but we didn’t have a shot glass so we measured out 3 spoonfuls of Tequila, 2 of triple sec and a squeeze of lime. Added ice and it was perfect.

  169. I recently started keeping a giant mason jar full of concocted summer drinks in the fridge. The kids are always excited to see what fancy “ade” I have mixed up. The best have herbs or berries fresh picked from outside the house.

  170. My most recent favorite homemade beverage, is lemongrass ginger sparkler, made with infused ginger lemongrass syrup and sparkling H2O.


  171. Mulled wine. “Mexican mocha” – a Mexican hot chocolate with a little strong coffee added to cut the richness. Mint tea from my own garden! Cape Cods (cranberry juice with rum – the difference between silver and spiced dark rum in this is amazing). The black cherry wine I made a couple summers ago wasn’t bad, but I hope for even better from the dandelion wine I now have brewing.

  172. Skeeter pee! I know it sounds gross, but it’s a super easy homemade lemon wine that is perfect for summer. It’s “stickied” on most of the home brew forums I’ve visited, or just google it. Seriously delish.

  173. My all time favorite homemade drink is hot cocoa. Brings back memories of being a kid and our Mom making hot cocoa with marshmallows and telling us scary stories out on the porch.

  174. I love making my own herbal teas. I grow lemon balm, bee balm, mints, sages and all make lovely teas when dried. Lemon balm tea is quite relaxing, and sage tea has a mild diuretic effect that helps with respiratory infections.

  175. My newest obsession is cordials. I have a jar of rhubarb cordial almost ready for tasting. Spiced pear is next on the list.

  176. I keep wanting to try a grape soda but I haven’t gotten there yet. I love shrubs but what other people love is the ginger liqueur that I make.

  177. tonic/club soda mixed with bitters is an upset stomach aid and actually tastes good.

    something else kind of odd that I have to say is surprisingly delicious is hot water with lemon and a bit of salt. It’s the drink that ghandi asked for when he ended his fasting.

  178. I got a NutriBullet for Christmas last year and have been having so much fun experimenting with cocktails (my way to get healthy). My discovered my favorite when my melons started ripening in the garden. I like watermelon the best, but cantaloupe is a closer runner up. You just put the fruit in the mixer with some water and puree. Rim your glass with coarse salt. Put 1/2 – 1 whole seeded jalapeno in glass with a bit of vodka, then fill with fruit puree. So refreshing with a bit of a bite. And I must say it is quite healthy too 🙂

  179. Especially this time of year, I love to make mulled cider and mulled wine. The mix of hot drink and seasonal spices makes me feel cozy as the weather gets cooler!

  180. 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!

  181. 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).

  182. 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!!

  183. 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!

  184. 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!

  185. 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.

  186. 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!

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

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