The Drunken Botanist

I would love to be able to assign a required reading list for all of Frescos’ spirits enthusiasts. The first book would be The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart.

Did you know coriander and cilantro come from the same plant? Cilantro is the leaves and coriander is the fruit; round brown seeds that undergo a chemical change as they dry, shedding the cilantro flavor. Two totally distinct flavors come from the same plant.

Question for the Bourbon lovers, what does ring porous mean?  If you drink spirits out of an oak barrel you should respect it. Oak trees are ring porous; meaning water is transported up the tree through the outer growth rings. The inner rings become clogged and water tight therefore making inner Oak rings perfect for barrels and bourbon storage. American oak trees are particularly well suited for this purpose. It wouldn’t be Bourbon without the American Oak.

Amy’s writing style is not what you would expect from a Botanist. Herbs, grains, fruits, flowers, trees and the obscure that create some of the greatest drinks are described in a factual and storytelling style.  I learned plenty.

The Drunken Botanist is a very enjoyable read full of fun facts and recipes. Definitely on my top ten list of "spirits" books.