Charlotte Voisey, who circles the globe seeking ingredients for the perfect cocktail, never expected to find them in a book. “Within 30 minutes, my knowledge base went way up,” she confessed to a group gathered to hear about The Drunken Botantist, Amy Stewart’s inspiring guide for using everything from herbs and flowers to tree bark to add natural zing to dull drinks.
“Remember, there’s nothing but distilled plant matter in all those liquor bottles,” said Stewart amid the spring splendor of Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill, N.C., where ingredients of the featured cocktails had been just plucked from the gardens. “Nothing goes better with botanicals than more botanicals.”
“She’s opened a whole new horizon for bartenders,” said host Gary Crunkleton of the swank The Crunkleton. “And the best thing is, what she’s doing can be done by anyone at home.”
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