Books: The Drunken Botanist

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The Drunken Botanist: the plants that create the world’s best drinks

By Amy Stewart

Hipster bartenders, gather round, cos this is a drinks book that is right up your alley. Get set to take over your local community garden or herb pot (as it is in Surry Hills) because this tome will take you on a journey through all the plants that are responsible for the booze in your sacred bottles. Think sake from rice, Scotch from, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. 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 and some are downright bizarre .  This book is a fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips thrown in for budding gardeners.

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