Order Signed Copies Here!

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Featured | 4 comments

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

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

  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 their stores in 2013. Meanwhile, I’ve put...

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The Cocktail Garden: The Unvarnished Truth

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in Featured | 3 comments

So! Sunset magazine stopped by a few months ago. It was great fun hanging out with a couple of pros all day and watching them work. (Oh, and there was some mixing of cocktails, too.) Anyway, you can see the results in the February issue of Sunset, which is just hitting the stands now. And now–I’m delighted to share these charming hand-drawn illustrative plans of the cocktail garden that Susan Morrison of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design designed for me. Susan is a cocktail aficionado and an expert in small-space gardening: her book Garden Up! , co-authored with designer...

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Have a Drink in the Garden

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 in Botany, Featured | 1 comment

Okay, it’s the middle of winter, but we can dream, right?  This year, the nice people at Territorial Seeds and Log House Plants asked me to pick out a few of my favorite cocktail-friendly plants.  We got a little carried away, and the result is the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection.  We gathered up all the herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables that a mixologist’s garden would require. I’ll be posting recipes, videos, photos, and growing advice in the months to come as well. You’ll find the plant collections in West Coast garden centers supplied by Log House Plants...

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Orchard in a Bottle

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in Botany, Featured | Comments Off on Orchard in a Bottle

Fruit trees?  Cocktails?  Of course! It’s bare root season, which is to say that you’re going to be digging around in a tub of dirt at the garden center pretty soon and pulling out gnarly masses of roots and twigs. They may not look glamorous, but trust me – bare root plants are both economical and vigorous. Just be ready to plant them as soon as you get home, and keep the roots covered in damp potting soil until they go in the ground. Apples.  Before you head to the garden center, make sure you have a reasonably sunny spot to plant a tree, and take a look around your...

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The (Not Entirely Complete) Drunken Botanist Bibliography

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Featured, History | Comments Off on The (Not Entirely Complete) Drunken Botanist Bibliography

  In the back pages of The Drunken Botanist, I shared a list of recommended reading on both plants and booze, and promised to post a complete bibliography online. This, I must admit, is not a complete bibliography. It includes almost all the sources I consulted in book form, about 320 in all.  Not included here are scholarly journals, periodicals, databases, some government and trade publications, and, of course, interviews with actual people.  If you’re looking for something and don’t see it here, I might be able to send you the link.  Get in touch with me and I’ll...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | Comments Off on Herbalicious

It is with great excitement that I report to you on the arrival of a new gin, a gin that cannot even properly be called gin because its predominant flavor is not juniper but—are you ready?  Sage. That’s right.  Sage.  It comes from the same clever people at Art in the Age who brought us Root, a liqueur inspired by traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipes for root beer and birch bark beer.  They also make a ginger liqueur called Snap, and a rhubarb concoction called Rhubarb Tea, made in honor of early American botanist and friend of the founding fathers John Bartram. Intriguing, right? ...

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Drinkable Herbs

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | 3 comments

We’re continuing to work our way through a year’s worth of grow-your-own cocktail ingredients, moving on this month from flowers to herbs.  Let’s start with some of the sweeter, more floral herbs you might mix into a drink, and next month I’ll move on to the savory herbs.  Autumn is a great time to plant any of these.  Just water them until it starts raining, then stand back and let them take care of themselves through the winter. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)  Also called ‘licorice mint,’ this tough little perennial is, in fact, a member of the mint family, and the...

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Blooming Cocktails

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Botany, Featured, Recipes | 1 comment

Last month I looked at flowers that can be used to decorate cocktails—borage and pansies and the like—but this month, we’ll consider a few flowers that actually flavor drinks.  Some of these have been used for centuries to make not just liqueurs, but boozy medicinal potions as well. Elderflower.  Cordials and sodas flavored with elderflowers are a very British thing, but it took an American distiller to recognize their potential. Rob Cooper, a third-generation distiller, tasted homemade elderflower syrup in a London bar and decided to create a liqueur from the flowers.  The result is...

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