Balans Soho Society Book Club
The Drunken Botanist
Standing right where botany and booze intersect is… The Drunken Botanist. Written by bestselling author Amy Stewart, this fascinating book explores the incredible array of herbs, fruits, flowers and fungi that we thirsty humans have managed to turn into alcohol over the years. It’s a brilliant cocktail of chemistry, biology, history, etymology and mixology that explains how, for example, sake began with one grain of rice, Scotch came from barley, bourbon from corn. It’s one thing to enjoy a Dry Martini, quite another to understand the history and science behind it. This truly engaging and occasionally bizarre book gives you a knowledge of what’s in your glass as well as an understanding of how those individual elements combine together to form the flavours and aromas we do so enjoy.