Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Booze Garden

Nurture a nursery for your bar with The Drunken Botanist


Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime.

Teach a man to garden, and he'll drink like a fish for a lifetime.

With spring here, Martha Stewart and the craft-store lobbyists would have you think it's time to "garden." But forget the flowers: we're going to concentrate on plants we can get drunk with, as described in Amy Stewart's awesome new book The Drunken Botanist.

Stewart, who's previously written on other awesome subjects like bugs and worms, gives a detailed history of human beings trying to turn just about anything that sprouts out the ground into alcohol: mushrooms, herbs, poisonous roots — you name it.

And in case you're one of those pretentious cocktail snobs (or aspire to be one), Stewart gives you a master class on the differences between different varietals of agave and the sex life of corn.

As a bonus, she includes recipes, too. Homemade nocino, anyone?

And now Stewart's partnered with Territorial Seed Company to offer tailored seed mixes for mixological growing plots, including Whiskey Garden and Simple Syrup collections.

Because your wilting basil pot looks like it needs some backup.

The Drunken Botanist
by Amy Stewart
Price: $12 here

Drunken Botanist Plant Collection
Price: From $3 here

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