The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616200466
Branch Call Number: 581.632 STEWART
Characteristics: xv, 381 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jun 19, 2019

From Ms. Stewart's introduction: I want everyone who walks through a botanical garden or hikes a mountain ridge to see not just greenery but the very elixir of life, the aqua vitae, that the plant world has given us. I've always found horticulture to be an agreeably intoxicating subject; I hope you will too. Cheers! === I think she succeeded. An extensive reference book grouped by ingredient. I learned some surprising things and am keen to try some of her recipes. Cheers!

May 17, 2018

A wonderful depository of every conceivable ingredient in alcohol. Where it comes from, what it does and the history behind its use.

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.

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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