The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Make Up the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart


“Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Have you ever considered what’s inside the bottle you’ve just ordered to celebrate your wedding anniversary, the can you’re enjoying watching the big game with your friends on Sunday, or the glass placed in front of you by your friendly neighborhood bartender? You know the names: beer, wine, whiskey, vodka, tequila; but have you ever really considered what they’re made of?

The answer may just surprise you.

From agave to Zanzibar cloves, learn the surprising stories of the plants that are used to make the world’s most famous, and infamous drinks.