The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
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)
Product dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 21.4cm