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The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

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This is one of our favourite books on alcohol in general here at Gin Foundry. Alcohol has always had a close relationship with botanicals and none other than our main interest, Gin. This book takes it one step further than merely listing what goes into making spirits. The beautifully designed pages are filled with face-grinning anecdotes, fascinating facts and useful titbits for any drinks enthusiast.

The Drunken Botanist explores the botanical history and chemistry of over 150 plants, trees, flowers and fruits. The first part covers the classic alcohol-friendly plants (agave, barley, corn, grapes, potatoes, rice, rye, sugarcane and wheat): the history of their cultivation, explanations of the distilling processes and a few cocktail recipes. Stewart's passion for horticulture is apparent throughout and in part two, she covers the signature botanicals that lend their unique flavours to spirits bottles: from herbs, spices, flowers, trees to fruits, nuts and seeds.

This teamed with brilliantly written punchy paragraphs makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read, many times over. This book is the perfect gift for people who like to throw cocktail parties and a great way to discover the history and science behind your beloved spirits.

 

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Timber Press (2 May 2013)

Language: English

Product dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 21.4cm

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