Organic, Shaken and Stirred: Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis and Other Totally Green Cocktails is an awesome new collection of recipes by Paul Abercrombie, published by Harvard Common Press.
I had the pleasure of being asked to look at a copy of the book and give my take here on Smorgasbite- thanks Paul!
I enjoyed sampling several of the cocktail recipes -delicious- and I enjoyed drooling over the rest. The photography is exquisite and the ingredients- muddled blackberries, fresh mint, crystalized ginger- are, shall we say, top shelf. That said, not too many of the recipes can be made with ingredients just lying around the house (save you tropical island dwellers, perhaps) so it pays to plan and shop accordingly. Meanwhile, while the book calls for organic spirits (rum, tequila, etc) – regular will do.
I’m happy to be able to share with you a recipe.
Coming in Hot!2 organic strawberries, hulled 4 slivers peeled and seeded organic jalapeno chile 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed organic lemon juice 1.5 ounces organic repasado tequila 1/2 ounce organic agave nectar
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries, 3 of the jalapeno slivers, and the lemon juice until well mashed. Add the tequila and agave nectar, and fill the shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the remaining jalapeno sliver.
Lastly, Paul writes a great blog about all things cocktail at, you guessed it, organicshakenandstirred.com