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The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create The World's Great Drinks

Amy Stewart
Barcode 9781604694765

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Release Date: 19/03/2013

Genre: Food & Drink
Sub-Genre: Home Garden & Pets
Label: Timber Press
Language: English
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Pages: 368

The New York Times-bestselling guide to everything botanical and alcoholic celebrates its 10th anniversary with new material added to the fascinating, authoritative go-to book about the plants that make our drinks. With drawings and recipes—a gift book for every cocktail aficionado; a drinks book for every plant-lover.

The Essential, New York Times-Bestselling Guide to Botany and Booze

"A book that makes familiar drinks seem new again . Through this horticultural lens, a mixed drink becomes a cornucopia of plants."-NPR's Morning Edition

"Amy Stewart has a way of making gardening seem exciting, even a little dangerous." -The New York Times

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs-but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.

This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology-with more than fifty drink recipes and a new section on how to grow your very own cocktail garden-will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.