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Margaritas in Denver, And a Request for Your Vote

Hey folks!  I’m headed back to Denver this weekend for the Douglas County Library’s Books, Bites, and Brews event. I’m going to give a little botany lesson on margaritas and you’ll get to drink a very well-made specimen.  Don’t you feel smarter already? And in other news–The Drunken Botanist is up for an award over […]

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Please Call them Vegetables–and a Giveaway!

  It started with the pigweed that came up in the rose pot on the edge of my terrace. I didn’t know it was pigweed (and even “pigweed” is problematic since the common name belongs to more than one plant). But eventually I whittled down the rose-invader’s ID to...

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.

The Redventure Romp Cocktail

  Many thanks to Beth Evans-Ramos at Mama Knows Her Cocktails for letting us share this bit of deliciousness. Cheers!   My Redventure celery is finally red and ready! I cut my first batch of it for an appetizer plate I was putting together to take to our friends’ house. I...

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Posted by on July 24, 2013 at 6:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: New Orleans, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

Hey folks!  I’m on the road this week and next. There will be cocktails!  See you out there? July 18 2013 12:30 PM – Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA Panelist, “Digging into the Secrets of Tequila”. July 18 2013 06:30 PM – Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans,...

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 5:14 am   This post has Comments Off.

It’s For a Good Cause, People!

  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual fundraiser is happening online this year, with all kinds of delightful things up for auction.  I’m donating a Drunken Botanist Book Club in a Box, which includes the following: Ten personally inscribed copies of The Drunken Botanist, for you and your BFFs A...

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 at 8:25 am   This post has one response.

I’ll Have My Aronia Cocktail Now, Please.

Earlier this year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show,  I was hanging out with Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom (and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens) in her exhibit booth. She had brought a selection of edible landscaping plants — reliable, hardworking shrubs, vines, trees and the like that...

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am   This post has 7 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Goes to Manhattan…

…and Buffalo.  And Brooklyn.  See you there?  As always, please check with the venue before heading out to confirm details.  Also, there are lots more events coming up around the country–go here to see the complete list. June 06 2013 06:30 PM — The Horticultural Society of New York,...

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 am   This post has 2 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Tour, and You Should Totally Grow These

Okay!  A few more tour dates for you. See you out there?  Go here if you want to see everything that’s coming up.  And as always, check these venues for full details.   April 24 2013 — Culinary Arts & Letters, Chapel Hill, NC Special cocktail event with The...

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 at 3:03 am   This post has 5 responses.

Drunken Botanist Tour Dates: Southwest, East Coast, and Where is the Gin?

Yes, I am still on the road!  It’s hard to believe, I know.  I can hardly believe it myself. So here are some tour dates, and the complete list, if you’d like to see it, is here.  As always, check details with the venue before heading out. April 17...

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 at 4:44 am   This post has 5 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Tour: Milwaukee to Miami, and Beyond. Plus, Whiskey.

Why, yes!  It’s another week of Drunken Botanist tour dates?  Are you out there, Milwaukee people? Miami people? Austin? Phoenix? Well, if you’re interested, all the tour dates are here, and as always, check with the venue to confirm event details before heading out.   April 10 2013 07:00...

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 at 4:30 am   This post has 4 responses.

This Week in Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, and I’m Ready for Some Tequila

And on it goes!  All Drunken Botanist tour dates are listed here, but this is what I’ve got going on this week.  Please do check details with the venue before heading out.  And then–please do head out!  I’d love to see you.  And you.  All of you, really.  ...

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 at 4:11 am   This post has 3 responses.

Drunken Botanist Pacific Northwest Dates, And Rum Drinks for Everyone!

If you’re in Portland, Seattle, or Bellingham, I’d love to see you this week.  All the tour dates are online here, but this week’s stops include:   March 27 2013 07:30 PM — Powell’s (Burnside location), Portland, OR With a special appearance by House Spirits Distillery‘s Christian Krogstad, who...

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 at 4:19 am   This post has 2 responses.

Drunken Botanist West Coast Tour, And it’s Vodka Week!

Vodka week?  Isn’t every week vodka week? Yeah, well.  I’m still hanging out on the West Coast, so if you’re in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll drop by. Complete list of tour dates can be found here, and please do check with the venue before heading out in case...

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 at 3:47 am   This post has 6 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Road Show, Plus Your Weekly Cocktail

Okay, folks! Your devoted correspondent is on a book tour for the next couple of months.  I’d love to stay and chat, but instead I’m going to furnish you with a list of tour dates and ask you to come out and fill a seat, badger your friends into...

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 6:11 am   This post has one response.

Blast From the Past: Botanical Cocktail Ingredients, 1858 Style

Imagine my excitement when this came into our bookstore. The full title of the book is Fermented Liquors: a Treatise on Brewing, Distilling, Rectifying, and Manufacturing of Sugars, Wines, Spirits, and All Known Liquors, Including Cider and Vinegar:  Also, Hundreds of Valuable Directions in Medicine, Metallurgy, Pyrotechny, and the...

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Posted by on March 6, 2013 at 4:35 am   This post has 9 responses.

I Must Have This.

I’m totally in love with these DIY kits for making your own bitters. The problem with making your own bitters is that some of the spices are expensive and difficult to track down. (You cannot get gentian root in the spice section at Safeway.)  So this company called Dash...

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 at 4:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

See you in Seattle? Plus: Plants in Bottles and How to Organize Them

I’m in Seattle this week at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  Are you there too?  Come see me! February 21 2013 03:15 PM — Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, WA The Backyard Bartender: Secrets to Mixing Creative Cocktails February 22 2013 01:30 PM — Northwest Flower &...

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 at 3:56 am   This post has 8 responses.

Drinking Vinegars: The Other Kind of Shrub

One day last year, a mysterious courier arrived at my house.  (Okay, the courier was not so very mysterious.  She was driving plants to my local garden centers from Oregon-based Log House Plants.)  Anyway, she had a special delivery for me from Log House’s owner, Alice Doyle. A crazy-cool...

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Posted by on February 13, 2013 at 4:29 am   This post has 12 responses.

The Cocktail Garden: More “After” Photos

Following up on last week’s post about the construction of this here cocktail garden, I’ve got a few more pictures to share, along with some lessons learned. But first, this just in!  My bookstore is now taking pre-orders for signed or inscribed copies of The Drunken Botanist. We hope...

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 4:11 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Cocktail Garden: Before and After

Last week I posted garden designer Susan Morrison’s lovely hand-drawn plans of my cocktail garden, which she designed in response to my desperate plea for help. You can see the final results in the February issue of Sunset magazine, but maybe you’d like to see where we started. Because...

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 4:02 am   This post has 12 responses.
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