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July 16, 2014

Inside Scoop: Botany & Booze

Jacket lisaAt the end of a busy day in the garden, when you are ready to throw down your gardening gloves & put away the pruners – this is the reading to reach for with a tall cool beverage. Amy Stewart writes an intriguing account in The Drunken Botanist, of all things botanical in the world’s alcoholic drinks. A splendid cocktail of history, chemistry, botanicals and recipes there is much to learn about the plants that flavor and create our drinks. From the corks & oak barrels that contain the libations to the oldest domesticated organism (yeast) and from absinthe to yew, this is a fascinating world tour of plants and how humans use them. — Lisa


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