The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Book - 2013
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Discusses the array of herbs, flowers, fungi, trees, and fruits that have been used in alcoholic beverages over time, detailing their history and etymology while presenting growing tips for gardeners and over fifty drink recipes.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013
ISBN: 9781616200466
Branch Call Number: 581.632 STE
Characteristics: xv, 381 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

Now I can entertain my friends with all sorts of random facts about alcohol! A highly informative book that is presented in small, digestible chunks. I wouldn't read this all at once. Personally, it took me maybe a month to finally finish the read. The takeaway I got from this book is that alcohol is basically the modern equivalent to potion brewing (which is awesome).

VV5 Mar 10, 2015

While I found this to be a slow read, it was really interesting (in particular, the genetic diversity of apples astounded me!). While not the most practical book to keep around your bar for tips on drink infusions, it’s a good read about the histories of plants that help make modern cocktails what they are.

twinston781 Dec 04, 2014

Though it is available as an ebook you really need to check this book out in print, it is beautiful! No worries if you're not into horticulture or science, Stewart's layout of the book and fun facts make the information accessible. You will be thirsty at the end!

May 23, 2013

The Drunken Botanist: the Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks. --- by Amy Stewart. The title says it all: this book is about the plants that produce the alcoholic beverages that we drink and some that we don’t even know about. The reading is easy, the style is clear. No dense, difficult to understand prose here. All the major players are covered: the grape and the hop; the rye and the wheat; sorghum and rice; and so are the end products: ale and lager; wine and cider; gin and bourbon. And more. Thoughtfully, Stewart included a few recipes: there’s Kir and Lavender Martini; Black Gold and Ciao Bella; the Aviation and Mint Julep. You can zoom through this little tome real fast, presumably even faster and more enjoyably with some liquid refreshment at hand. Cheers!

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