The Drunken Botanist Book by Amy Stewart

Type: Books and Guides
Price: $22.95
Availability: Usually ships within 10 business days.


Purchase the hardcover book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart as a great companion item to our "Virtual Brews and Botany Series" program series:   

Program participants will automatically get 10% off the cost of the book and Friends of Wehr members get an additional 10% off of any Nature Store purchase for a total of 20% off for FOW members if they're registered for the program.



"Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when a Dutch physician added oil of juniper to a clear spirit, believing that juniper berries would cure kidney disorders. "The Drunken Botanist" uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even one fungus).  

Some of the most extraordinary and obscure plants have been fermented and distilled, and they each represent a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. Molasses was an essential ingredient in American independence: when the British forced the colonies to buy British (not French) molasses for their New World rum-making, the settlers outrage kindled the American Revolution. Rye, which turns up in countless spirits, is vulnerable to ergot, which contains a precursor to LSD, and some historians have speculated that the Salem witch trials occurred because girls poisoned by ergot had seizures that made townspeople think they d been bewitched. Then there's the tale of the thirty-year court battle that took place over the trademarking of Angostura bitters, which may or may not actually contain bark from the Angostura tree.

With a delightful two-color vintage-style interior, over fifty drink recipes, growing tips for gardeners, and advice that carries Stewart's trademark wit, this is the perfect gift for gardeners and cocktail aficionados alike."


Delivery options are either curbside pickup (please email to coordinate after purchase), or USPS Priority Mail. Shipping and handling time is 5-7 days, but due to Covid, shipping times may take longer. We’ll do our best to get your book to you quickly!  You can take pride in your purchase, knowing you’re a supporter of Wehr’s educational programs and mission.


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