Timber Press

An intoxicating and eclectic new book on the hidden botany behind your favourite booze! 


Media Reviews

A cook’s tour of the stupefying array of plants that we ferment for their intoxicating properties, plus some delicious looking cocktail recipes; from gin with violet flowers to vodka with walnuts, just reading them will set your tastebuds tingling

New Scientist 07/11/2013

From bugs in booze to the barrel-maker’s prized oak trees, we love this kooky book explaining the hidden botany behind your favourite tipple...

Absolutely magazine 07/11/2013

As well as social history, science and horticulture, The Drunken Botanist is also stuffed with cocktail recipes, tips on growing plants and quite a few bug-related facts too (a topic that’s another of Stewart’s specialities). I have no doubt it’s going to be an indispensable new addition to my drinks library”.

Alice Lascelles The Times (Whisky Blog) 06/11/2013

Stewart’s chatty, irreverent style makes light work of what could easily become a dense thicket of facts – whether you want to get geeky about the history and production of drinks, or simply learn a few strange facts to impress your friends down the pub (gorillas keep their hearts healthy by feasting on grains of paradise, which is also a botanical in gins including Bombay Sapphire) then this is a book for you. 

Alice Lascelles The Times (Whisky Blog) 06/11/2013

If you’ve ever wondered what wormwood is, where juniper comes from, why whisky makers use oak or which country has a drink made from the monkey puzzle tree (yes indeed) then you absolutely must get your hands on The Drunken Botanist by botanist Amy Stewart.


Alice Lascelles The Times 06/11/2013

'Well informed and completely mad, this guide to the botany of booze includes cocktail recipes as well as the recipe for a toxic-sounding drink that supposedly supports a flagging sex life.'

Jane Owen Financial Times- Summer books guide 28/06/2013

A conversational tone and easy narrative manner is a disarming tactic, one where as soon as you expect a dumbed-down explanation comes the most extraordinary detail. Helpful graphic elements, box-outs and miniature fact-boxes help make sure you never get bogged down in the text but can dip in and out - and you will, again and again. 

Want to grow your own? Amy advises on the plant varieties that budding botanical bartenders should focus on. "Every great drink starts with a plant," runs the subtitle of the book. We couldn't agree more, but rarely has this been successfully focused on. 

Ian Cameron CLASS Magazine 15/01/2013

Definitely aimed at the geeky end of the spectrum, The Drunken Botanist, is an impressively detailed collection of back-stories and explanations about the botanical origins of many of the drinks we take for granted, and well-researched historical investigations that give as full an explanation into some topics than we've ever seen before. 

Ian Cameron CLASS Magazine 15/01/2013

The Drunken Botanist hits all the right notes for me. It's fascinating historical facts, brewing information, advice (and warnings) on growing the stuff yourself, and recommendations on brands and breweries. 

The sense of humor is dry (or should I say secco?) and livens up the narrative(...) A few times it made me giggle, but more than that it's the sort of book that balances information and amusement in a way that begs to be read out loud to others.

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