Amy Stewart and the Botany of Alcohol

 Hello, my Curious Readers! 

Today’s post I’m especially excited to share with you, as I had the privilege of interviewing best-selling author Amy Stewart. Amy is a beloved author for us botanists, writing books such as Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, Flower Confidential, and The Drunken Botanist. She’s also written multiple fiction books as well. In the interview below, I focus specifically on The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. 

download (7)The Drunken Botanist, as Amy describes in the interview, came out of a budding interest in the history of how plants become alcohol. From tequila to vodka to rum, plants have been a fundamental part of any alcoholic drink. Amy focuses on the history of these alcoholic beverages, giving interesting and bizarre anecdotes, as well as recipes to make your own cocktails. She also gives recommendations for growing your own cocktail garden! That is something I will definitely be doing in the future. The Drunken Botanist is something I recommend not just for us plant-lovers, but also for people interested in alcohol (who isn’t lol), as well as the history of trading and merchant ships. It’s a fun and engaging read, with lots of surprising stories. After the initial publication, The Drunken Botanist became so popular Amy started a blog about plant cocktails. You can find the link here.  

Amy’s book Wicked Plants is also a best-seller. It covers some of the most poisonous and deadly plants on our planet. Amy wanted this to be different from other books that cover poisonous plants, and decided to focus on stories of these plants and who they killed/injured. Her book Wicked Bugs does the same thing but covers bugs as opposed to plants. I’d highly recommend for anyone interested in history, as this book gives a fun and dark side to botany that you may not know. Wicked Plants is full of twists and surprises. You can find your copy of Wicked Plants here

If you’re looking for The Drunken Botanist, you can get a copy here as well, from an independent bookstore. 

Listen to the interview below with Amy as she discusses topics ranging from her books to cocktail gardens to unique plants. I’d also recommend checking out Amy’s other books. Currently, Amy is taking a break from writing to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. 


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