Cocktails With "The Drunken Botanist"

Cocktails With "The Drunken Botanist"

Cocktails are full of plants, from spirits made with them to the mixers and garnishes that finish them off. We talk to author and gardener Amy Stewart and D.C. bartender Owen Thomson about the botanical elements in some favorite cocktails, obvious and unexpected alike.

When you peruse the shelves at your local liquor store you probably don't think much about plants. Author and gardener Amy Stewart does, and can link each spirit you'd find there back to its genus, origin and history in drink. We talk to Stewart and D.C. bartender Owen Thomson about the botanical elements in some favorite cocktails, obvious and unexpected alike.

Guests

Amy Stewart

author, "The Drunken Botanist"; co-creator, "Garden Rant" blog; contributing editor, "Fine Gardening" magazine

Owen Thomson

beverage director, RANGE; President, D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild

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Excerpted from "The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks" by Amy Stewart. Copyright © 2013 by Amy Stewart. With permission of Algonquin Books.

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