I was lucky enough to attend Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison‘s now-famous pre-San Francisco Flower and Garden Show cocktail garden party this past Tuesday evening, and if it weren’t enough simply to see wonderful friends and tour Rebecca’s stunning garden, we were treated to Amy Stewart playing bartender to promote her new book “The Drunken Botanist” (Algonquin, March 2013).
Amy served two drinks from her wildly popular book, and I immediately gravitated towards one, the Lavendula Intoxicataea (recipe here). It features gin, which I love, and lavender, my favorite scent. What’s not to love about this drink?
Amy’s book offers insights into the myriad of plants/flowers/herbs that have been used to turn into alcohol, over 50 cocktail recipes, and growing tips for gardeners wanting to cultivate their own little cocktail garden. I’ll certainly be trying more recipes this spring and summer — my front porch is the Happy Hour spot for our friends and neighbors as the weather warms up. Let me know what cocktails you try, please! A girl can only drink so much at a time, don’t you know.