When I heard about Brew It Yourself I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I have made a few infusions in my time, almost always involving gin, so I was looking forward to seeing what Richard Hood and Nick Moyle (aka Two Thirsty Gardeners) had put in their book. It’s been a while since I’ve opened a book up and not known which bit to look at or which recipe to try first but everything in Brew It Yourself sounds so tempting and completely achievable.
- Foreword – an introduction from Richard and Nick which would fill a complete novice with confidence
- The Basics – what you need, where to find things and a bit about foraging
- Wine and Mead – so many recipes in this bit, the pineapple wine caught my attention
- Cider – basic cider and lots of other flavours to try
- Beer, Ale and Lager – all sorts including a few classics, the pumpkin ale sounds intriguing
- Sparkling drinks – not all alcoholic, I want to try all of these
- Liqueurs – starting with classic sloe gin and moving on to some amazing sounding combinations, notably Beech Leaf and Honey Liqueur
- Cocktails – so when you’ve got a cupboard full of homemade drinks you can fix yourself a tipple
Some of these recipes require more equipment and patience than others but I think that means there’s something for everyone. You may start with a simple infusion then before you know it you’ve converted the garden shed and are spending all your spare time brewing. Of all the recipes in the book I would love to try making: scrumpleflower (homemade cider with elderflower), fig wine (this also uses rose petals, delicious!), fizzy iced tea (this one only takes a few days to make) and raspberry and thyme whisky (how good does that sound for a winter’s night).
Brew It Yourself is published by Nourish Books and is priced at £14.99.
Thank you to Nourish Books for my copy. All opinions expressed are my own.