Book Review : Grow your own booze

grow your own booze

Everything you need to know to make homemade alcoholic drinks

Just as the title says, Grow your own booze by Lorraine Turnbull, has everything you need to know to make your own alcoholic concoctions from scratch.

Glasgow-born Lorraine Turnbull moved to Cornwall to work as a Skills Co-ordinator for The Rural Business School. Whilst here she ran her own smallholding and ran a successful commercial cider business. Lorraine moved to France in 2019, where she now writes on her small farm.

Grow your own booze is a book in two parts. Part one concentrates on equipment, foraging, a foraging calendar and how to grow your own plants suitable for booze creation. Different booze needs different equipment, Lorraine explains what equipment is utilised in all alcohol making, enabling you to buy them before deciding what you would like to make. Once you have decided on what to make there are sections on each type of alcohol and the equipment available. Each section is an easy-to-read full description of what the item is and why you need it.

Part two looks closely at how different types of booze are made and how these are made at home. Again, this is an easy-to-read section filled with information. It comes as no surprise that there is a section on how to make cider. Covered is everything from how to pick the right apples for cider making, including checking that they have enough sugar for fermentation, to how to press apples, fermentation, racking, maturation and bottling.

The extensive recipe list includes ingredients from bananas to courgettes via peas and rice. There really seems to be a way to make booze out of everything! One recipe we are trying just now is ginger beer. Mark loves ginger so one that he can be critical about.

This would make an excellent gift for the booze lover in your life, especially one who is veering towards making their own.

Grow your own booze by Lorraine Turnbull is available in paperback and on kindle from Amazon.

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1739607228




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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