Garden Cocktail from “The Drunken Botanist”

by Jenny Peterson on March 22, 2013

in Recipes from the Garden

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?

Lavendula Intoxicataea

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.

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Katherine C March 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Yumm!!!!! What a neat book- will def have to try some of those!!!

Charlie March 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

It sounds like such a magical evening. I look forward to the garden show each year so an added surprise like this would be a real pleasure.

Jayne March 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

Wish I could drink gin – it gives me chest pain! Maybe some vodka could substitute! Thank you for the report on a lovely evening and even more thanks for the book review – I will order the book from my little indie book store in town – IF they don’t have it already!

Reed April 8, 2013 at 11:28 am

Gin and lavender seem like a killer combination indeed.

Great post!

Desert Dweller/David C. April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

Glad I can drink anything, too, like a certain Nordic sweltering in Austin, since that gin & lavender sounds great. And I have both handy for later. Wish I could have been to their party…maybe next year?

Long time, no hear…hope you are well, Ms. P.

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