The Drunken Botanist – talk and reception
Join the Rawlings Conservatory for an evening with Amy Stewart and her newest best-seller “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks.” This lecture and book-signing, followed by a cocktail reception, is on October 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. This special event will be at the Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum, and is presented by the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens.
“A Spirited Toast to the Marriage of Botany and Booze”
Who knew that horticulture was such an intoxicating subject? In her fourth New York Times bestseller, Amy Stewart explores the odd, unusual, and surprisingly common plants that have produced the world’s greatest spirits. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and even a few fungi.
$40 per ticket
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? Author Amy Stewart is back with her fourth New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs–but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology (with a generous dash of humor)–with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners–will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
This special event will be at the Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum, and is presented by the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. All proceeds directly benefit the Rawlings Conservatory.
Tickets available at http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org/the-drunken-botanist/