The Tipsy Vegan by John Schlimm

75 boozy recipes to turn every bite into Happy Hour

By Laura McKinnon
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The Tipsy Vegan by John Schlimm

The Tipsy Vegan by John Schlimm


As a normally meat eating host I always struggle to plan a menu when two of our closest friends, who happen to be vegan, come to tea. However this process is becoming steadily easier with the introduction of many great Vegan cookbooks to the market including Vegan Cupcakes take over the World, Vegan with a Vengeance and now The Tipsy Vegan which not only meets the dietary requirements of my guests but includes some of my favourite ingredients – wine, beer and spirits.

The Tipsy Vegan showcases plant based recipes from spiked appetisers, soups and salads, spiced up main dishes, boozy desserts and cocktails all in a bright and colourful format. The contents lists all the recipes according to their function e.g. plastered party starters, boozy soups, brunch buzz, sloshed suppers and drunken desserts to mention a few.

The brief introduction is well worth a read to understand the author’s motivation for creating this book and to gather a few tips on how to plan and prepare vegan food, especially when using alcoholic ingredients. This is followed by a list of alcoholic beverages used throughout the book, and the pages they are featured on making it easy for the reader to decide what dish to cook based on what wine or spirit they have in the cupboard.

Recipes include Carousing Cucumber Rounds with Rummy Hummus, Plastered Portobello Mushroom Satay, Wild Rice Under the Influence, The Hotta Frittata with Chopped Jalapeno Pepper, Slur-Baaaaked Peaches with Cointreau, Bottom’s Up Vege Bean Stew, Bad-Ass Beer Cake with Bourbon Raisins and Amaretto Frosting, and many more. While not all of them have matching photos the ones that are included are vibrant and are sure to make you salivate.

We tried the fried avocados and were pleasantly surprised by the result once we had the oil at the right temperature and ensured they were eaten straight away. The Party Monster Pancakes, minus the amaretto, were also a big hit especially with my 2 year old. I was also keen to try the Coconut HELL-O! Shots but found it difficult to source vegan gelatin.

Overall The Tipsy Vegan is a fun take on vegan cooking. The recipes are generally short and simple but still inviting and full of ideas for a traditionally non-vegan cooker. I can imagine this making a great gift for the newly vegan or someone keen to try and incorporate more vegan or vegetarian alternatives in their life.


The Tipsy Vegan written by John Schlimm is published by Da Capo Press (Cambridge, 2011; sc, 164 pp) RRP A$29.99 

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