Bestselling author Amy Stewart is at it again. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks, is her greatly anticipated sixth book, and another New York Times Bestseller. The book combines Stewart’s lifelong interests in both botany and craft cocktails, exploring hundreds of plants and how they are fermented, mixed, infused, and otherwise transformed into some of the world’s greatest drinks.
In the book, Amy Stewart examines everything from the most obscure and bizarre of plants to some that are probably growing right in your own backyard. She explores a “dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol,” according to the book’s description. Some plants you can expect to find infused into cocktails and liquors are: tomatoes, violets, mint, cucumber, lemon verbena, peppers, jasmine, anise hyssop, and many, many more.
The Drunken Botanist contains more than fifty drink recipes to craft beautiful, delicious classic cocktails from plants in your garden. The book provides insight on how to cultivate your own “cocktail garden,” which allows you to apply your new learned history and science-based knowledge to something really fun!
The book promises that reading it will “make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party,” as its contents focused on biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology can help you to become a savvy bartender, as well as a more knowledgeable gardener. The combination of intriguing historical and biological information with an edgy twist make this book a must-have for gardeners and mixologists alike.
Stewart just wrapped up a book tour in New York that led her from Brooklyn to Buffalo, but you can find The Drunken Botanist online or wherever books are sold. For more information about the book, and to find some great cocktail recipes, visit its official website.