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My Tequila Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Drink This, Recipes | 0 comments

My Tequila Valentine

So here’s what you’re gonna do: 1.5 oz good tequila, mezcal, or other agave-based spirit. .25 oz Campari .25 oz sweet vermouth .25 oz dry vermouth Fresh juice of one blood orange (about 2 oz). Shake over ice and pour into a glass filled with crushed ice or ice cubes. Garnish with citrus peel if you are so inclined. This is a fantastic drink for people who like tequila but don’t like margaritas.  (That’s me.)  Also, it’s a great way to use winter citrus–any kind of blood orange, regular orange, or...

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Order Signed Copies Here!

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Featured | 4 comments

Order Signed Copies Here!

The Drunken Botanist is making everybody’s year-end, must-have list. Signed copies and personally inscribed copies are available directly from the author’s bookstore, Eureka Books.  You can also get yours now at your local bookstore and everywhere books are sold! Happy holidays!

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The Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, 2014

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Events, Featured | 4 comments

The Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, 2014

I’ll be all over the country in 2014, talking to audiences at botanical gardens, libraries, universities, spas (yes, spas!) and more.  The tour list is getting updated all the time–check it out here.

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Introducing the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Drunken Botanist Plant Collection, Featured | 7 comments

Introducing the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection

  OK, here’s the deal:  cocktail-friendly plants for your own garden, at your bar or restaurant, or on your farm–we’ve got them.   The Territorial Seed Company has put together a Drunken Botanist Plant & Seed Collection based on my book of the same name, and wholesale grower Log House Plants, based in Oregon, is supplying the plants to garden centers and other retailers on the West Coast. Here’s a list of participating retailers on the West Coast who will be offering the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection in...

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I’ll Have My Aronia Cocktail Now, Please

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Botany, Plant This | 3 comments

I’ll Have My Aronia Cocktail Now, Please

Earlier this year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show,  I was hanging out with Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom (and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens) in her exhibit booth. She had brought a selection of edible landscaping plants — reliable, hardworking shrubs, vines, trees and the like that would behave in the landscape and provide some food. The star of the show was Aronia melanocarpa, sometimes known as black chokeberry. It’s a medium-sized shrub that puts out white blooms in spring and small dark fruit in fall. Nice enough...

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The Drunken Botanst Goes to Manhattan…and Elsewhere…

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Events | 1 comment

The Drunken Botanst Goes to Manhattan…and Elsewhere…

…and Buffalo. And Brooklyn. See you there? As always, please check with the venue before heading out to confirm details. Also, there are lots more events coming up around the country–go here to see the complete list. June 06 2013 06:30 PM — The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY Doors open at 6 and there will be drinks! June 09 2013 02:00 PM — Sycamore Bar & Flowershop, Yes, it’s a flower shop AND a bar. So naturally, I’m doing an event there! $15 gets you a cocktail, a bouquet of...

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The Drunken Botanist on NPR’s Morning Edition

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Botany, Media | 0 comments

The Drunken Botanist on NPR’s Morning Edition

Listen to the NPR Morning Edition interview here. The next time you’re sipping on a glass of something boozy, consider the plants behind your beverage. Some of them might spring immediately to mind: grapes in your wineglass, rye in your whiskey bottle, juniper in your gin and tonic. But what about sorghum and coriander? Cinchona and bitter orange? An incredible diversity of grains, herbs and fruits goes into the world’s alcoholic drinks, which means that for the botanically minded, a trip to the liquor store is a little different...

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The Drunken Botanist, 1858 Style

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in History | 5 comments

The Drunken Botanist, 1858 Style

Imagine my excitement when this came into our bookstore. The full title of the book is Fermented Liquors: a Treatise on Brewing, Distilling, Rectifying, and Manufacturing of Sugars, Wines, Spirits, and All Known Liquors, Including Cider and Vinegar: Also, Hundreds of Valuable Directions in Medicine, Metallurgy, Pyrotechny, and the Arts in General, by Lewis Feuchtwanger. The actual beautiful old weird creature that is this book is totally worth owning, but if you aren’t going to pick up a copy, it’s available as a free ebook from...

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DIY Bitters? Yes, Indeedy.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Make This | 2 comments

DIY Bitters?  Yes, Indeedy.

I’m totally in love with these DIY kits for making your own bitters. The problem with making your own bitters is that some of the spices are expensive and difficult to track down. (You cannot get gentian root in the spice section at Safeway.) So this company called Dash Bitters has put kits together with infusion jars, bottles, funnels, cheesecloth, and assorted spices.   You, of course, should feel free to experiment and add your own secret botanical ingredients. I’m particularly intrigued with the 1889 Aromoatic Bitters...

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Botanical Bacchanalia: The Drunken Botanist Book Tour Begins

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Events | 3 comments

Botanical Bacchanalia: The Drunken Botanist Book Tour Begins

I’ll be on the road all spring in bookstores, distilleries, bars, and other such dubious establishments.  Sometimes we’ll pour a cocktail, and sometimes we’ll be sharing & giving away cocktail-friendly plants for the garden.  Sometimes, as was the case where this photo was taken at Tales of the Cocktail, we’ll be doing some very scientific tasting.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Stops include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Austin, Albuquerque,...

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