The definitive guide to home brewing hedgerow and garden wines, sherries and liqueurs, beers, ales and porters, ciders, and also cordials, teas and other soft drinks.
Home brewing and wine-making is fun, easy and hugely satisfying. If you garden or forage can follow a recipe or make jam, and you enjoy a drink, this is the book for you.
Andy’s no-nonsense, easy-to-follow guide will enable the beginner and inspire the expert with over 100 recipes including beer made from hops and but also yarrow, mugwort, elder and other foraged plants, great tasting wines from fruit, vegetables and the hedgerows, cider and perry from apples and pears, cordials from the leaves of a range of trees, and teas and fizzy drinks from herbs and wayside flowers.
- Discover the secret language of home brewing and drinks making.
- Make cheap, wholesome drinks, to your preferred taste and strength
in little time, with minimum fuss and no need for expensive equipment.
- Turn your garden into a drinkers’ paradise.
- Find where and how to forage for success.
- Impress your friends with the weird, wonderful and just plain tasty.
Try Carrot Whisky, Sloe and Damson Rum, Parsnip Sherry, Elderberry and Blackberry Wine, Pumpkin Beer, Broom Tonic, Meadowsweet tea as well as classics such as Elderflower champagne, sloe gin, prison brew... Cheers!
“Some guys have all the luck. Andy Hamilton has 'road tested' over 100 DIY drinks - many of them pleasantly alcoholic- to be made from the plants of the garden, hedge, field and wood, and has brought the results to the pages of his Booze for Free. The result is a home imbiber's delight, full of lore, sense, entertainment, humour, botany, history and tongue-tantalizing recipes. Hamilton has that wholly underrated, but absolutely essential skill in a practical matters, of writing with pure clarity and absolute readability. His recipes won't let you down. You may fall down after sampling some of the stronger brews, but that's another matter”
John Lewis-Stempel, author of THE WILD LIFE: A YEAR LIVING ON WILD FOOD
“For those who give a damn about the planet but still want to enjoy a beautifully crafted pint of the finest, Booze for Free is absolutely compulsory reading. Sláinte Andy”
Mark Boyle, author of THE MONEYLESS MAN
“Wow... it's brilliant! So many mouthwateringly delicious ideas and recipes!... But this is so much more than a 'recipe' book. Packed with fascinating and useful information about the world of foraging, not to mention a good pinch of humour, it makes me want to abandon life as I know it”
Brigit Strawbridge, star of ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’
“Booze for Free is a book-of-the year contender... a book which I'll be reading again and again (trying out recipes and techniques as I go along), and you'd have to be drunk not to want to do the same!”
“Andy's book reveals the treasure trove in our hedgerows, fields and woodlands”
“a wonderful guide to garden-based DIY concoctions”
Independent on Sunday