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Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
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.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology and mixology-with more than 50 drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners-will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
Author: Amy Stewart
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Here are 115 delectable wine recipes to guide you through everything from making your very first batch of kit wine to mastering advanced techniques for making wine from fresh grapes.
Author: Gene Spaziani, Ed Halloran
If you've ever complained about a watery-tasting lager, wondered just what was causing that certain flavor in your favorite porter, or lamented the price of quality craft ale, then it might be time to try perfecting your own brew at home. Whether you're an established beer snob or just want to try your hand at homebrewing, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer will show you everything you need to know to get started in this increasingly popular hobby. Teaching you all about beer and the few very simple components required to make it -- malt, hops, yeast and water -- author Matthew Schaefer's comprehensive guide includes:
Author: Matthew Schaefer
Using ingredients you can find in your own backyard, farm or local market, you can create artisan drinks that leave you feeling refreshed and even revitalized. Learn useful fermentation techniques to make your own kefir and homemade soda. Brew your own teas, mix your own squashes, shrubs, switchels, tonics and infusions. You can even use the recipes to create powerful and healthful craft cocktails.
Author: Emily Han
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