The Drunken Botanist – talk and reception – SOLD OUT

Thanks everyone! The Drunken Botanist event has SOLD OUT!  Reminder – this event is presented at the Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum in partnership with the Rawlings Conservatory and our event sponsors. See you there!

Join us for an evening with Amy Stewart and her newest best-seller “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks.” This lecture and book-signing, followed by a cocktail and food reception, is on October 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

This special event will be at the Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum, and is presented by the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens.

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

“A Spirited Toast to the Marriage of Botany and Booze”

Who knew that horticulture was such an intoxicating subject? In her fourth New York Times bestseller, Amy Stewart explores the odd, unusual, and surprisingly common plants that have produced the world’s greatest spirits. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 herbs,  flowers, trees, fruits, and even a few fungi.

$40 per ticket. Tickets on sale now! (Paypal button below)

Ticket price includes admission to the lecture and book signing, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Mixology by Rye Craft Cocktails, Fells point, and food by Sascha’s.

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? Author Amy Stewart is back with her fourth New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of plants 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. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world.

This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology (with a generous dash of humor)–with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners–will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.

This special event will be at the Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum, and is presented by the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. All proceeds directly benefit the Rawlings Conservatory. 

Copies of the Drunken Botanist and all of Amy’s books will be for sale during the event. We will be accepting cash, credit, and checks.

All proceeds directly benefit the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens.


Praise for the book:

“Many boozy books have been published over the years, spilling over with fun facts about absinthe, grog and bathtub gin. What makes Stewart’s book different is her infectious enthusiasm for the plants, their uses, their history, and the botanists who roamed the earth finding them. The result is intoxicating but in a fresh, happy, healthy way.”

“From the agave that makes our tequila to the lime we use to garnish said tequila, Stewart’s beautifully styled and written book provides history, facts, and (perhaps most importantly) recipes for all things potent and potable . . . The only thing that might be more fun than reading the book would be sharing one of its tasty cocktails with the author.”
— PopMatters

“A book that makes familiar drinks seem new again. Stewart describes beer by way of the challenges of wheat fermentation, and her discussion of gin starts with how to pick juniper berries. Through this horticultural lens, a mixed drink becomes a cornucopia of plants.”
— NPR’s Morning Edition

Praise for Amy Stewart’s events:

“Nice job on bringing Amy Stewart! There are so few “rock stars” in horticulture . . . Amy was an outstanding speaker – smart, funny, and oh, so engaging. Best Bonfils lecture EVER! I would love to hear her speak again . . . One of the best lectures I’ve ever attended. I’m already using the information.”
Denver Botanic Gardens audience members

“Fantastic! Delightful! Fascinating historic info. Amy is a great speaker and threw a lot of humor into her topic….Excellent, humorous, informed and informative, and eloquent.”
UC Master Gardeners of Orange County Annual Symposium

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