Amy Stewart, has regaled Buffalo audiences in recent years with tales of plants that kill and bugs that alter the course of history, is coming back courtesy of Talking Leaves Books, in collaboration with Buffalo Spree magazine, and Mike A’s at Hotel Lafayette, to discuss her brilliant tips for combining plants and mixology, as presented in her new book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks (Algonquin Books).
|Mike A’s @ Hotel Lafayette|
We’ll meet in the lounge of Mike A’s @Hotel Lafayette at 6 pm Monday, June 17, to witness her encyclopedic knowledge of both alcoholic beverages and plants, and the space where they meet. Special cocktails will be available for purchase, as will copies of all of Amy’s books. Anyone wishing to have books autographed is expected to purchase them from Talking Leaves, as an act of respect and support for the author and the bookstore who is hosting her visit.
In The Drunken Botanist Amy explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
This concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
There’s even a plant collection you can buy based on the book from Territorial Seed Company. These can be purchased online – I don’t thihnk they’ll be available at her event. The collections are titled, “Cocktail Starter Kit,” “Old Havana Rum Garden,””Farmer’s Market Vodka Graden,””Southern Belle Whiskey Garden,””Mixologist Simple Syrups,” and plenty more.
Amy’s an award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog GardenRant.com and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.
Amy’s visits are always fun and a treat, and the venue is splendid.
Here’s Amy in Buffalo’s National Garden Festival promotional video: