The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
For those readers looking to pair their cocktail recipes with botanical history, look no further than this entertaining treat. Stewart divides her book into three enjoyable and informative sections. The first section explores the history behind the plants that are most commonly transformed into alcohol. In the second section of her book, Stewart examines the herbs, spices, fruits, nuts, bark, roots and flowers that are used to infuse alcohol. For example, did you know that common Gin ingredients include juniper berry, coriander, fennel, ginger, lavender, citrus peel, and cardamom? Neither did I. No wonder it is so delicious. In her third and final section of The Drunken Botanist, Stewart digs into the art of botanical mixology. Stewart provides the reader with information on botanic mixers and garnishes that can be used in the final stages of cocktail preparation, and also provides growing notes for fruits and vegetables that impart delicious flavor to your homemade craft cocktails. Stewart’s writing style is engaging, accessible, and downright fun. This is not a book to be missed.