Infuse by Eric Prum and Josh Williams

Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Infuse by Eric Prum and Josh Williams is a cookbook that is about creating your own drinks, and other concoctions by combining flavorful ingredients into three bases: oil, spirits, and water. Infusion creates a world of unlimited possibilities for creating homemade infusions. Although scratch cookers will find particular interest with this book, it is engaging enough for any reader–home cook or not–to enjoy.

Infuse is great about giving you the fundamentals of creating infusions without weighing you down with textbook book terminology. The information is presented in a way that is short and detailed enough to hold your attention. The anecdotes are useful in the sense they provide background information about ingredients and how the recipe came about, and great tips on how to successfully use the ingredients in a way that gives you the most flavor. Also, Infuse provides plenty of pictures from start to finish to help you know and see the ingredients used in the recipe as well as to see what the recipe looks like when it is finished.

Authors Prum and Williams did a very good job breaking what appears to be a difficult subject in layman terms. The writing is consistent throughout the book, and even took on a blog feel because of how short and engaging the material and recipes were.

I like how easy the recipes were, and how they covered many uses from drinks to dressings. All the ingredients listed can be found in any grocery store as well as the mason jars suggested in the book.

Overall, I found Infuse to be thoughtful, well-written, engaging, and easy to follow along. It is a book that belongs on any shelf no matter if you’re an expert chef or mediocre drinker. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.

Punch Bowls & Pitcher Drinks

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Punch Bowls & Pitcher Drinks is a fun cocktails book based on classic drink recipes you can enjoy by yourself or with a crowd. The majority of the recipes included in the book do have alcohol in them; however, authors Jeanne Kelley and Sarah Tenaglia also offer non-alcohol options for both adults and children.

The book has 112 pages filled with familiar and creative drink recipes that will both delight and entertain party attendees alike. While trying to remake some of the recipes offered in the book, I realized you have to have a well-stocked pantry to make most if not all of the recipes. The ingredients list tends to run quite long, but the ingredients can be found in your local grocery or shop that sells alcohol.

If you’re hosting a party, the recipes make rather big batches, but if you are entertaining a small group of people, then I would highly suggest cutting the recipe in half. Of all the recipes in the book, my favorite to recreate was the tropicolada. It’s the same as a pina colada, which I have taken a liking to as of recent, with the addition of mango, whipping cream, bananas, and lime juice. The addition of the whipping cream and mango gave it a rich smoothie taste, and I was able to recreate it without the alcohol for a recent party I had.

There are plenty of drink recipes in this book that works well for all occasions and events, and even if you are not a bartender by trade, the authors make the recipes simple enough that you can follow along and create your own masterpieces.