Monday, April 1, 2013
If you really like: Flowers, herbs, and plants in general; surprising and entertaining facts about fruit and bark and roots; mixing drinks and knowing what goes into them, and why; old-school bar-tending manuals revved up with wonderful, freshly-researched botanical esoterica; or just settling down to a good, well written and very informed read...
...then you will like The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart. A lot. From jasmine to yuzu by way of opium poppies, sundews and birch - the plants that create the world's great drinks are described and eulogized, with plenty of cocktail recipes thrown in.
I asked Algonquin Books for a copy I could give away, here. It's a keeper. At 381 pages it is a significant little book, but snug in the hand and easy to slip into a bag for a furtive dip.
I have not met Amy, but I know her through our respective Internet adventures, am rather awed by her Social Media savviness, writing prowess (The Drunken Botanist is already very high on the New York Times best seller list and is an Amazon best book of the month) and her ability to hone in on and deliver fascinating subject matter.
Happily, she will be staying in our apartment for a few weeks while we are away in South Africa... I hope the terrace behaves itself. Yes, she knows all about our high maintenance cat. Yes, the liquor tray will be well stocked.
So - to be in the running to win a copy of this lovely book, please submit a brief liquid recipe: a botanically-inspired drink, naming the plant or plants involved. It can be straightforward (wine? beer?), or a mixed drink using or based on herbs, fruit, flowers, seeds, bark or leaves. It does not have to be alcoholic (syrups? lemonade?). It may be home made or store-bought, obscure or classic, invented or as old as the hills, and mixed with either great cunning or winning simplicity.
All nations free to play.
Drunken Botanist giveaway deadline: Tuesday, 2 April, 12pm EST. Winner announced Wednesday!