Amy Stewart returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for an event co-hosted with the Decatur Recreation Center and the Scott Park Garden Club. Stewart, who previously spoke at the library about her books, Wicked Bugs, and Wicked Plants, now turns her attention to the world of brewing and distilling in The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks. Stewart 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.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. This fascinating 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.
Join us in the garden at 6:00 p.m. for an informal gathering to sample tisanes brewed by Garden Club members from the herbs in the garden. At 6:30 p.m. we will move to the library for a pre-event book signing, followed by a 7:15 p.m. lecture.