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Amy Stewart      

New York Times Bestselling Author of 'Wicked Plants," "Flower Confidential" and "The Drunken Botanist"

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers, The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential. She lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown. They own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books and tend a flock of unruly hens in their backyard.

Her next book, Girl Waits With Gun, is a novel based on a true story. It will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.

Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant.


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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

(A one-hour lecture with slides in PowerPoint)

Author Amy Stewart is back with her fourth New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. Join her for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. 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. It's the compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor that Stewart is known for.

The Botany of...Margaritas, Manhattans, Mojitos, or Mint Juleps

A 30-45 minute lecture with slides in Power Point (can run to one hour with questions, but also works as a shorter presentation)

Choose from one of four talks themed around all the plants that go into the making of your favorite drink! Amy has talks prepared on four specific drinks: margaritas, Manhattans, mojitos, and mint juleps. Perfect for groups that can serve drinks with the talk. Amy will provide the recipe and suggest specific brands for mixing the perfect version of the drink of your choice.

Garden to Glass: Adventures in Cocktail Gardening

A one-hour lecture with slides in PowerPoint

Edible gardening doesn’t just put food on the table—it puts a drink in your hand, too. Join Amy Stewart for a talk on designing a cocktail garden that does double duty as a productive space to grow edibles, and a location for your next party. We'll cover the most worthwhile cocktail-friendly plants to grow: Learn which variety of mint flavors authentic Cuban mojitos, discover patio-sized fruits for punches and smashes, and find out why growing your own celery for a Bloody Mary brunch is totally worthwhile. We'll look at examples of beautifully-designed cocktail gardens and outdoor bars, and innovative ideas for extending the season indoors. You’ll also learn secrets to mixing great drinks and creating your own botanical infusions.

Infusion & Liqueur-Making Workshop

A one-hour hands-on workshop

Join Drunken Botanist author Amy Stewart for a master class on making infused vodkas and homemade liqueurs. Participants will get to create their own blend to take home in a sealed jar. Learn what herbs and fruit work best in infusions and how to blend to get the best results. (Event organizers: Please note that Amy is not able to bring materials and ingredients, so you would need to supply everything for this class according to a list Amy provides.)

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