The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

updated May 2, 2019
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Spring officially arrives this week, and what better time for the release of Amy Stewart’s delightful new book, The Drunken Botanist. As you’re planning your garden, foraging for wild plants, or simply looking for a good cocktail recipe (and cocktail party conversation topics!), you don’t want to miss this entertaining and illuminating guide to “the plants that create the world’s great drinks.”

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Amy Stewart

Who published it: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Number of recipes: about 60

Recipes for right now: The French Intervention, Mojito y Mas, The Frank Meyer Expedition, Blood Orange Sidecar, Limoncello

Other highlights: In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart enthusiastically delves into the science, history, and lore of over 150 herbs and spices, flowers, trees, fruits, nuts and seeds that suffuse our favorite beers, wines, and spirits. Stewart’s style is both smart and fun, and this beautifully designed book is sprinkled with helpful primers, recipes, and grow-your-own tips.

This is the sort of book you can read cover-to-cover (I couldn’t resist, it was so fascinating) or easily pick up when the mood and curiosity strikes. For many beverage lovers, gardeners, and science and history buffs, it is likely become a beloved reference book.

Who would enjoy this book? anyone interested in mixology, horticulture, gardening, biology, chemistry, history, and etymology

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

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