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Beyond Grapes

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This book was a great addition to my collection of books. I would have loved it more if it had more photos in the book. It also has everything in Grams and Mil so you will need to do some conversion to get them in the measurement you want. I like that you have a ton of different liqueurs that you can make with so many fruits. It also tells you how to store it and for how long.
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This book”Beyond Grapes” reveals the many types of  Liqueurs can be made in your kitchen!  The recipes, are concise and accompanied by beautiful photos, of many delicious drinks, to be made with common ingredients found in your kitchen!  If you are interested in making fermented drinks then this book is an excellent addition to your collection of recipe books!
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This is a great beginner book of recipes for making homemade liqueurs, including some interesting and unusual ones like mushroom liqueur, artichoke liqueur and peanut butter liqueur. There are so many different recipes in this book. In the introduction it's very clear that the author is passionate about creating wine and liqueurs and loves to experiment. 

The recipes are simple and easy to make as long as you have vodka, sugar and some jars. The final chapters are about creating vodka and moonshine, but it's not actually about fermenting from scratch, it's more about creating new vodka infusions with vodka you already have. So if you want to know about fermenting alcohol from scratch, this is not the book for that. 

For a library of different fruit, vegetable and nut liqueur recipes, this is a great book.
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Beyond Grapes: Simple Recipes for Delicious Homemade Liqueurs is a tutorial guide with recipes for homemade liqueurs curated by Yacov Morad and is the second book in the Beyond Grapes titles by the author. Released 18th Oct 2021 by Library Tales, it's 134 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The author has experience as a non-grape based vintner, and these recipes reflect non-grape based liqueurs and flavorings. The book is streamlined and meticulously, logically laid out. The introductory tutorial walk-through of the base process is followed by the recipes, grouped thematically: specialty liqueurs, fruit liqueurs, mixed liqueurs (dozens to choose from), veggie and herbal, homemade and flavored vodkas, and homemade moonshine. 

Each of the tutorials contains a description, yields, estimated proof alcohol percentage, a bullet list of ingredients with measurements given in standard (metric) units, and followed by step-by-step instructions. The photography throughout is stellar; beautifully styled, clear, and attractive. 

There were some minor points which I didn't understand with the first read though which I need to investigate a little more thoroughly, for example, which specific sort of alcoholic base is used in the moonshine recipes (which I understand to be home-distilled high-proof liquor which is legally problematic in most of the world without special licensing). I'm assuming that, like the other chapters, store-bought vodka or grain alcohol is used as a base. 

The author's style of writing is warmly conversational and he seems like a genuinely knowledgeable and generous man. The introductory dedication to his family, especially his wife, was touching and uplifting, especially in the current darkly unsettled world climate. 

Five stars. This would be a superlative choice for public library acquisition, for foodies, for cocktail aficionados, and fans of hospitality/entertaining. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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An interesting "cookbook" on how to  make your own liqueurs! This has a bunch of different recipes including chocolate ones and many fruit ones. It features step by step directions on what to do. All units are in metric, but that's easy to convert if you're prepared! Can't wait to try some of these out!
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So when I picked this up I did not know what was in store for me, so I did not expect over 100 pages of recipes! I thought the process of making liquors was just add vodka and fruit but it's much more than that which Morad explains. I love that Morad gives you a small (and reasonable) list of equipment you would need. Also, the tip of using dried fruits was something I have never even thought of as I've only ever used fresh fruit when I've made drinks in the past. 
The book is filled with colorful and bright photos so you can compare to what you make. I love the recipes in this book. The ones I was was most interested were the Mixed Liquors (the Citrus Celebration and Cinnamon Coconut Honey Immediately caught my eye)and the Veggie and Herbal Liquors (I want to make the Indian Rose Liquor and the Beet liquor). I can't wait to try my hand at these drinks!
Overall, a very interesting and inventive way to broaden your liquor horizons
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beyond grapes	

This book shows you how to make your own liqueurs easily using a variety of fruits. herbs, and other ingredients. There are many features to like about it. First, instead of repeating the entire instructions for infusion in each recipe, they are covered in detail once at the beginning of the book. This allows each recipe to be on a single page along with the instructions and timing to make this liqueur.

Every recipe tells you the yield, generally one liter and the percentage of alcohol. That’s good to know when you are selecting recipes.

i also really liked that these potables weren’t just fruit and alcohol, the way I have made them in the past. Often they include other flavorings, often spices, that will make the liqueur more exciting. For example, the blueberry liquer adds vanilla and honey, while the apple cider one uses cinnamon and cloves.

Each recipe has a color picture of the finished liqueur, which is so inspiring.

The recipes also go beyond the usual with mixed liqueurs that combine several flavors, such s coconut and coffee or sesame and nuts. This is the largest section of the book. There are also homemade versions of liqueurs like Sambucca. There is also a chapter on making flavored vodkas as well as one on homemade moonshine.
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Thank you Netgalley and Library Tales Publishing! The pictures in this were stunning and made me want everything. You can do so much with grapes. Recipes seem easy enough for even me to make.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Library Tales Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.  Lots of interesting ideas for different liqueurs to make using fruits, vegetables, and medicinal herbs.  Some you've thought of and some you haven't.  Good description of the basic process.

This is an honest review. All opinions are mine.
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Most kids grow up with grandma’s that bake cookies with them. Mine taught me how to make homemade Kahlua. This book would’ve been right up her alley. There are so many combinations I never would have thought of! I can’t wait to start trying. I think I’m going to need more jars! I would buy this book for the forward from the author alone. The love story between him & his wife is couple goals.
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Love everything about this book!  Love the images, that it's straight forward and simple.  But they a flavors that you can't necessarily get at the store. 
I immediately bought the tools needed to make some for Christmas gifts!
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These were interesting!  I make my own cordials, but have never made ANY of the o nes in this book! I'm pretty new to the practice, but am looking forward to trying some of the recipes in this book. I would never have thought to use broccoli as an ingredient. I was only disappointed in the moonshine chapter. What exactly is the "alcohol"? Is the reader supposed to distil their own? Or use a legal"moonshine"? An explanation might be needed? Other than that, the drinks sounded wonderful!
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