You all know that I love a good cocktail. Some of my favorite restaurants, including Fiction Kitchen, have dazzling drinks with homemade syrups and infusions.
As soon as I saw Shake, Stir, Pour by Katie Loeb, I asked Quarry to send me a copy to review. It has 50 recipes that are made with fresh fruit, herbs and spices. Many are syrups that can just as easily be made into mocktails if you don’t imbibe.
It’s full of fancy cocktails (and mocktails) that you’d pay a fortune for when you’re out. It’s not a vegan book, but if you use agave nectar where honey is called for and use a vegan Worcestershire sauce you can make almost all of the drinks.
Since not all alcohol is vegan, you can always check Barnivore, to get some guidance on what you should buy to keep your drink vegan. They even have an app for your phone!
I’m a huge fan of tiki drinks and it’s not easy to find pre-made orgeat syrup. Luckily it’s fun to make your own and Katie does an amazing job of showing us how to do it!
Orgeat is the ingredient in a mai tai that gives it a special almond and floral flavor. There are also recipes for falernum and allspice dram in the book. I’m excited to explore making more tiki cocktails after I have all the syrups I need.