Gifts Ideas for Artisans: Adult Beverages

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Artisan Cocktails

Any article about artisans must include one on creating alcoholic beverages. Brewing beer has become such a popular hobby today, along with creating specialty ingredients and flavors to add to a favorite liquor.

It’s such a fun hobby, again offering the ability to know exactly what is going into what you drink.  Using your personal favorite spices and flavors is the added bonus.

Seems to me it adds more appreciation to any drink or food when you know you’ve made it yourself.  What a great way to encourage experimenting.  It makes a great gift idea that can be used for years to come.  What makes most of the books featured here even better is that they cover what the beginner will need to know as well as
offering fine tuning for the more experienced brewer or wine maker.

This article covers the liquid portion of artisanal creation.  To find more about foods, check out the article here.

Beer and its art

We see local breweries spring up, even in small towns such as mine.  More and more beer drinkers want to explore the varieties available.  So naturally it is a fun and interesting experience to make your own at home.  Dark beer, flavored beer, ales, and more can be created to suit your personal taste.  How fun is that?

How to Brew is one of the most popular new books on the subject.  You will learn the beginning basics: what you need to get started, the types, details of hops, grains and other ingredients.

Beer artisans will be delighted to explore and experiment with the information included in this book.

Wine making

Creating your own wine at home may be more complicated, but is still a trend these days. You will find private yards growing their own little vineyards even. That seems to me a practical use for a yard.

This is one of the most popular recent books on the subject.  Filled with detailed. Knowledge, yet written so you will enjoy the journey through each stage.

The book is deigned for any stage of knowledge. It includes instruction for the beginner, explained clearly. The second half of the book will benefit the beginners and experienced both, with steps and tips to refine your wine making skills.

What Goes in Your Drink?

Even if you don’t make your own liquor, wine or beer, artisans will still enjoy their own customized drink accompaniments. This clever book will provide the recipes needed to do just that.

Syrups, bitters, all things to make the perfect cocktail.  Natural ingredients should matter in drinks as well as food after all.

Infusions such as cucumber, lemon and dill gin.  Cordials, Grenadine, and even garnishes are included.  Fun to experiment with many different flavors.

There is a wonderful selection of do-it-yourself books to create all kinds of drinks.  They don’t have to be alcoholic either.  Sodas, mixers sans liquor, garnishing, all are fun and tasty to try at home.


Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .

Author: Merry Citarella

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