The Drunken Botanist

The plants that create the world's great Drinks

Item Number: BO129


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by Amy Stewart

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 growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.

Hardcover. 400 pages. Algonquin Books 2013.


Book Format Hardback Year Published 2013
Book Format Hardback
Year Published 2013

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Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs. Dimensions: 8"L x 6"W x 1"H


Loaded with fun trivia and recipes

This book is fast and enjoyable read. Loaded with recipes and fun trivia that you can dazzle and amaze your friends and colleagues with. Would make an excellent stoking stuffer.

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