Thursday, June 6th: ‘The Drunken Botanist’ + Free Drinks

The Drunken Botanist
The Horticultural Society of New York (148 W. 37th St., Manhattan)
6pm doors, 6:30pm start
Free, RSVP: programs@thehort.org

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy 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.

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 for a fun-filled evening as we host Amy Stewart and pour a few choice cocktails to celebrate.

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