beer, cider, wine and more from your home kitchen

autumn

Ice Cider

Ice Cider

So, friends, I’ve been on a bit of a high. This Monday night, I found out that I won best cider, best mead, best novice, and best brewer (tied), at the Victorian amateur brewing championships (Vicbrew). That means that three of my creations are going […]

Kumquat Elixir

Kumquat Elixir

Some years ago I was lucky enough to find a copy of Italian Liqueurs: History and Art of a Creation. If you have an interest in making liqueurs that are a bit out of the ordinary, this book is well worth finding. It’s  not only […]

Quince liqueur

Quince liqueur

I have a weird obsession with making liqueurs. They’re old fashioned, but that’s something I love about them. Just like a champagne cocktail, they are unexpected and delightful. My three-year-old particularly likes scouring op shops with me for pretty little liqueur glasses, and ceremonially choosing […]

Quince mulling syrup

Quince mulling syrup

… with bonus poached quinces! Mulling syrup isn’t a complex idea, but it is a damn good one. Rather than heating a whole cask bottle of wine with spices and sugar, you make up an infused syrup that can be added to individual mugs.  You […]

Applejack

Applejack

Applejack is a strong drink you can make without a still, or in fact any fancy equipment. Buy (or make!) a cider you really like, then pour it into clean plastic jugs such as milk bottles, leaving a bit of space at the top. Stick […]