I come from a long line of German farmers who emigrated to Missouri. As such I feel strongly compelled to grow things in the dirt and turn those growing things into tasty consumables. Conversely, I love drinking and spouting nuggets of alcoholic wisdom. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart was right up my alley. She guides us through many of the plants, and parts of plants that make up our favorite cocktails. As I read this book I was simultaneously planning a backyard garden and a fancy cocktail party.
Stewart’s writing is engaging and doesn’t read like your average Botany text. Despite the somewhat repetitive nature of the subject matter, the book rarely drags or feels overly long. It’s a nice blend of botany and mixology with a little bit of history thrown in for good measure. I only wish I’d purchased it as a paper copy rather than a Kindle book. I’d highly recommend it.