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Organic, Shaken and Stirred: Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis, and Other Totally Green Cocktails by Paul Abercrombie, includes recipes like Lavender Lemon Drop; Pear Tea Martini; Perfect Whiskey Punch; and Pineapple Caipirinha with Sweet Lime Espuma.

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Organic, Shaken and Stirred
Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis,
and Other Totally Green Cocktails

by Paul Abercrombie


Pure. Natural. Organic. Those words have long been applied to food, clothing, and cosmetics; now, they can describe cocktails as well. At the forefront of the burgeoning artisanal cocktail movement, trendsetting bartenders are creating drinks that use organic, natural spirits and mixers; these are drinks on the cutting edge of the cutting edge. Author Paul Abercrombie has gathered dozens of these special creations in Organic, Shaken and Stirred, providing readers with all the recipes and tools they need to mix them up at home.

This collection features 100 eco-friendly, organic cocktails from the trendiest bars and nightclubs across the country, along with a few new creations by the author. Enjoy the Voluptuous (culled from the Grand Pu Bah restaurant in San Francisco), organic strawberry muddled with organic gin, agave nectar, organic egg white, and a splash of absinthe. The Lunacy (from the Royalton in New York City) gets two green thumbs up for its mixture of organic blackberries, lemon juice, organic simple syrup, organic reposado tequila, Lillet Blanc, and acai spirit. And then there's the sublime yet simple Au Provence (from Eastern Standard in Boston), made with tarragon-infused organic simple syrup, organic vodka, and lime juice.

In addition to the drink recipes, there's also a thorough introduction to today's producers of organic vodka, gin, tequila, and other spirits—a new generation of small-scale producers who believe in sustainable agriculture, traditional methods, and environmentally sound practices. Learn how to set up a green bar, with tips on ingredients, techniques, and equipment. Gorgeous color photos throughout demonstrate the diversity and deliciousness of these eco-friendly cocktails.

Whether you've committed yourself to a cleaner, greener lifestyle or you just want to participate in the latest cocktail revolution, you'll find enticing concoctions galore here. It's the modern way to have your drink and help save the planet, too.

About the Author

Paul Abercrombie is a public relations consultant and writer who contributes regularly to Gourmet, Wine Enthusiast, Men's Health, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, ESPN magazine, and other publications, writing on the topics of food, drink, and travel. He lives in Tampa, Florida.


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