Giveaway: The Drunken Botanist (Because I Can’t Buy All Of You A Drink)

Well, hello, you gorgeous, sweet-talking readers. I think I’d like to buy you a drink, just to say thank you for the unexpected and lovely outpouring of anti-troll support you laid on me last week. That was….wow. It was wow. Please know I appreciate it, and I have no intention of letting a few anonymous jerk-wads derail this blog.

Since I can’t actually buy everyone a drink, I’d like to do the next best thing. Giveaway!

If there’s anything better than a gardening book, it’s a gardening book with a drinking problem, and I’ve got one that lives up to that promise.

Drunken Botanist

I happen to have two signed copies of The Drunken Botanist to give away, which is kinda cool since this book isn’t even being released for sale until March 19th.

The Drunken Botanist is the latest work of staggering genius to come from Amy Stewart, author of many books including Wicked Plants and co-founder of the fabulous blog, Garden Rant.

The story of how Amy (New York Freaking Times Bestselling Author) Stewart handed me a few copies of her book after the Northwest Flower and Garden Show isn’t nearly as flattering to my garden writer reputation as you might think – she has no idea who I am.

No, basically the extra copies were just too heavy for Amy to lug back on the plane, and I threw myself in her path as a willing book porter. I think I basically jumped up and down with my hand in the air yelling, “Oooh, pick me! Pick me!”

Did I ever claim to have a lot of shame when, after several herbal cocktails, free books were up for grabs?

No. No, I did not.


Which brings me to The Drunken Botanist.

Next time you pull a piece of silk from between your teeth while you are eating a fresh ear of corn, remember that you’ve just spat out a fallopian tube.

Summer barbecues will never be the same: “Is that a fallopian tube in your teeth, or are you just happy to see me?” Yes, this book will change the way you look at plants, even if you already think you know them pretty well.

Stewart manages to turn a seemingly random botanical collection of grains, herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables into a fascinating guidebook to anything that could end up in a cocktail glass or beer stein. She crams cocktail recipes, history, accessible science, varietal suggestions and growing tips into The Drunken Botanist, and keeps the whole jaunt really fun to read.

The only thing this book doesn’t have that you might expect is detailed instructions on how to actually make hooch. There are instructions for simple infusions and cordials, but this is not a winemaking, homebrewing or distilling how to book.


As if combining plants and booze isn’t hedonistic enough, the book itself is a joy to hold and page through. The paper feels burnished, and the color, typography and graphic flourishes are vintage-fun. This is the kind of book-lover’s book that makes you hope Kindles and Nooks never completely take over.

To enter to win one of two copies of The Drunken Botanist, leave a comment below telling me how you use the harvest in your own creative mixology (“Pineapple Sage Mojito!”) If you don’t drink booze, non-alcoholic beverage refreshment options are welcomed, too!

Contest open until Thursday, March 21st at 8 PM PDT. US residents only, please, because of shipping constraints. Two winners will be selected randomly and notified by email.

Good luck, and thanks again for being wonderful.


  1. Sheri Kurdakul says

    I have made some of the most flavorful Bloody Mary’s from my own tomato juice (I am a canner, so the juice is available in the winter too) and sage (adds an extra savory boost). Instead of celery, I use a hot pepper from my garden as well to kick it up a notch. Friends ask me how I get it so fresh tasting and I tell them, “The secret is in the soil.”

  2. Wence Dusek says

    I can’t provide much guidance as how I make a drink from my garden pickings. I usually eat anything I pick before I bring it inside. What’s left usually gets blended into a smoothie. The closest my garden gets to my drink is when I bring a beer outside after exhausting tomato picking.

  3. Abby says

    I don’t have a name for it, we just call it “the drink.” Two fingers of gin, some lemonade, and a few sprigs of rosemary. Shake it all up, pour it on ice, and top with sparkling water. It’s delicious!

  4. Judy says

    Well, I can’t say that I have put anything I’ve grown into a drink! Maybe this year I will have my husband mix up something with basil!

  5. says

    Can I bribe you to send me one of the copy of the book at a discounted price (price and s&h will be paid) ;-). Okay, jokes, apart, I am a non-alcoholic and my husband drinks. We have lots of mints in our garden. It seems like those who love to drive, as per husband, loves to drink mojito with mint and lemon!! So, pick some fresh mint leaves, crush them in your mojito.

    I love putting mint in my lassi (Indian non-alcoholic beverages). So, put mint, sugar, yoghurt and water in a mixer, blend and drink. Or put mint, sugar, yughurt, water, mango slices or mango-lassi. Even, mint, lemon, water and sugar makes a refreshing lemonade during summertime.

  6. Dani says

    I was just looking at this book online the other day and had put it on Mother’s Day wishlist. I use apple mint and fresh apples for apple mojitos, hot pepper infused gin for bloody mary, and I put a sprig of chocolate mint in with the coffee grounds before brewing for a lightly flavored coffee.

  7. says

    I haven’t made any alcoholic drinks from my garden. I use my peppermint to make a refreshing cool, summer drink–steeping black tea, peppermint and honey together. I am excited about this book–I just put it on my to read list yesterday!

  8. Donna says

    I can’t say I’ve used anything from our garden in drinks as yet. They would have to be non-alcoholic as I am in recovery and my husband doesn’t drink. We could certainly put spinach or kale into our smoothies.

    I’m a newcomer to your blog, and I love your style! Thanks for the chuckles along with the great info!

  9. Wynn says

    We put cucumbers in our Hendricks gin and tonics. Then I sit and ponder how I could become a good gardener (I currently have a black thumb). The more G&Ts with cucumber I consume, the more sure I become I could do this :)

  10. Lisa says

    Pick me, pick me! I love the concept of this book. The comments so far are great too because I would love to drink more of what I grow and you’re all giving me great ideas.

  11. Steph says

    I’ve made wild blackberry infused vodka and wild cherry infused vodka. Eh. I think I need new recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Ouida Lampert says

    I made ginger syrup for drinks. (No, I didn’t grow the ginger – but, it DID grow somewhere.) And, I am currently steeping fir needles for a homemade version of Eau de Vie. If nothing else, at least it’s interesting.

  13. says

    When I lived in a bigger place (I don’t even have a dedicated home for the vaccuum at my house these days) I used to make hard apple cider. Now I mostly stick to infusions or herby cocktails. I love basil and pinapple muddled in some rum…. I supose its like a mojito (basil being in the same family as mint).

    • says

      Ai karumba! You sure know how to cheer a nearly snowbound (I have skiis and snowshoes but I don’t wanna really have to use them, again, I guess…) Minnesnowtan! Excuse me while I go make Hot Cocoa with some sugar grainy Mexican chocolate with full fat milk. WAIT I think I see some heavy whipping cream behind the milk! Might just add in some chiffonaded orange mint I swiped from the indoor window box of it that’s been sulking ever since I smuggled it back to MN in the shower of my travel trailer after being in Naples FL for 3 months) and toss in a leaf of rose geranium. I am just ravenous for anything flowery sounding! Hold the garlic, that went into the lentil( No, Not lethal!) soup with dried Napolitano Basil, celery, onion n pepper incl some enchilada sauce. It is St. Patrick’s day so I have me green eyes on the ripening Red Haven peaches I have growing up in green-room #1 of my house. Yes I know I live in north central MN. Yes that peach is growing in the LR is zone 3 technically but desires Z5. Dare I mention the Key limes I picked in the back yard of my mother-In Law’s condo while down in Naples. I also harvested some coconuts while kayaking in FL. Hmm put de lime in the coconut and drink it all up!Mayhaps a bit o coconut rum steeped in a coconut for a month? What are the implications of including rutabaga in a smoothie with sage and chervril & pink Himalayan sea salt? So much herbage, so little thyme, wait, I do have some lemon thyme growing in my zone 5 root cellar! Add some honeybell tangerine juice. Snowfront, What snowfront? W-a-a-aait I gotta go turn on the heating blanket on my hubbs’s bed so the seeded flats on it can germinate while he is on the way back from FL. They better come up quick, He is due back in 4 days. Glad he id driving not flying!

  14. Lindsay says

    I had the most wonderful basil-flavored beer in Boulder, CO, and now I put a basil leaf in my beer – it’s hard to figure out what it is, but it really works

  15. Lela says

    We made Nicino (green walnut liqueur) last year. Recipie on David Lebovitz website.
    We also make thai basil martinis and strawberry mint mojitos. Thanks for the ideas everyone!

  16. Linda McHenry says

    “Cherry Buzz”…….a cherry infused vodka, raspberry margaritas and sprigs of mint in about everything.

  17. Blair says

    Habanero infused rum makes excellent pineapple-mint Mojitos. I like putting basil in my screwdrivers. Bloody mary’s made from home juiced tomatoes are amazing. Should I keep going..?

  18. says

    I have dreams of making my own bloody mary mix from my garden this year (as a side-wish for a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. So many that I’ll have extras for drink mixes!)

  19. says

    Rhubarb. Definitely rhubarb. Rhubarb infused vodka, rhubarb liqueur, rhubarb slush, rhubarb beer cocktail… I haven’t met a rhubarb drink I didn’t like yet!

  20. Sara says

    We have used our mint in watermelon mojitos and are starting to use more of our other herbs. Sage lemonade w/vodka… A sprig of rosemary in this or that…. Would love a book to give us more ideas!

  21. jean says

    Blood Oranges and Jack. That’s what makes my world go round (especially if you have too much Jack)!!!! Bountiful crop? Squeeze the juice into ice cube trays for later use!!!

  22. Lorrie says

    The most creative I’ve been, is to use my Meyer Lemons for the ‘twist’ in a Campari and soda. This might be the year though, that I try making Limoncello out of them.

  23. Kymberly says

    I have not as of yet grown a garden. This will be my first year and I am eating up all the information I can get to make my experience as productive as possible. We did for a time grow some mint in our window that we used in tea and desserts but the idea of making drinks from what I can grow in my garden had never crossed my mind. I am very intrigued by this book. I never woulda thought.

  24. says

    i grew pineapple mint last year that my husband and I enjoyed in mojitos, it also worked very nicely as a little herb-age in my hens nest boxes, they loved it as it helps them to relax.

  25. Angela Mazur says

    We made a big batch of corncob wine last year, which is way better than it sounds like it would be!

  26. Tiff says

    Well f**k! I just went to see if you responded to my post on ‘whine,wine and weed’ and it’s not there, stupid internet! Or maybe, the Trolls ate it? I will give you a short version, “YOU ROCK”
    Ok, now that that’s clear I will respond to this post.
    Uhm thank you? for letting me know what body part I’m swallowing when I eat corn. Where to start with the knowledge that the silk is actually “Fallopian tubes”, well I know one thing. My friends will never forgive you for me making sure everyone of them get’s to share in THAT visual! :)
    Ready for my Recipe!?! Water, and I pour it well! See why I need this book, and the knowledge you so willingly share. I’m a lame-o and proud of it!

  27. Kim says

    Wow! I love Wicked Plants. I would probably use a few recipes for experimenting here at home. Well actually more than a few because I love infusions and cordials and I’m always experimenting to see what new flavors my son and I can enjoy. And it would give me even more things to make with all the plants in my garden.

  28. says

    What a lovely-sounding book! I’ve added it to my Amazon list just in case (!) I don’t win a copy.

    I drink mojitos in the summer, using the peppermint that has grown from my neighbor’s yard into mine. I love that the mint is all through the grass in one corner of the yard, but this does mean that I have to remember to pick the mint *before* I mow the lawn, or I won’t have enough mint for the post-mowing libation. ;-)

  29. Ricki says

    I don’t make a lot of drinks from my garden. The closest anything from it gets is in my smoothies…would love this book to help teach me!

  30. says

    I don’t drink alcohol (my body does NOT deal with it at all), but I love spooning some fruit syrup into a big bottle of club soda or sparkling water. I usually go through two 1L bottles of water a day, and the fruit flavoring keeps it interesting! And 1 Tbsp of fruit syrup is way better for me than a can of coke. So far I’ve done spiced apple, strawberry, blueberry and plum. This year I want to try peach, raspberry (I never remember to buy raspberries!), rhubarb and maybe some citrus fruits :)

  31. Kathi says

    Can’t say I grow these ingredients, but I make a liqueur out of vodka and homemade raw cranberry sauce with cranberries, oranges and apples. Delicious!

  32. Alison says

    I grow mint for Southsides…gin, lemonade concentrate, soda water and lots o’ mint. Delish! I need this book to get creative and add some drinking fun to my garden time.

  33. Andrea says

    As a matter of fact I was just out in the yard looking for herbs to put in my husband’s home made “vodka” that has a bit of an off taste and we need to infuse with something Ideas? Maybe fennel or anise? This is exactly the book I need!

  34. says

    I am SO glad you didn’t let some dickheads derail your blog. I keep telling folks this is my favorite blog of them all, and it’d be sad to introduce them to a defunct blog.

    Anyway, I make a tomato-agave-lemon-tequila-mezcal cocktail from the pages of Imbibe magazine. I only grow the tomatoes, and sometimes not even that, but still. In summer (and summer only, turns out the puree doesn’t freeze well), the base of it makes a really brilliant summer soda for the non-drinkers.

  35. Joan says

    My favorite drink from the garden is Crème de cassis made from a native current bush that mysteriously appeared in my garden. (thank you birds!). I infuse good quality vodka with the berries then sweeten with simple syrup. Great poured over crushed ice.

  36. Shannon says

    Overwhelmed by a profusion of lemon balm, I was determined to use it in as many ways as possible to justify the plants existence in my teeny-tiny yard. I crushed a handful of leaves using a pestle, poured some strawberry flavored vodka over them and let it all steep for a few days in the fridge in a large mason jar. Then I strained it back into the original vodka bottle and spent the next week drinking it mixed with Sierra Mist – pretty good!

  37. Nicole says

    We infuse lots of different liquids with lots of different berries: blueberries, strawberries, marionberries, loganberries, raspberries, aronia berries … you get the idea-

  38. Oreet Herbst says

    Avocado smoothie – all the rage in Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Latin America: blend ripe avocado with milk and sweetened condensed milk (or for non-dairy use coconut or almond milk plus agave nectar) and a few ice cubes.

  39. Linda C says

    Juice together
    1 med. sweet potato
    1/2 pineapple
    3 oranges
    3 carrots
    1 mango

    1/2 tbsp of ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
    6-8 ounces of coconut milk
    Shake well to blend spices

    Add Pussers Rum to taste

  40. Eva says

    I often make tea with the herbs in our garden and hubs likes to use the mint for mojitos. We’re not uber creative with the usage, but we enjoy what we do!

  41. holly reed says

    Wheatgrass shots are potent, added to a smoothie made from raw kale, a couple peeled oranges, a beet and an apple and they will knock the socks off any heavy drinker. I suppose I could add a shot of vodka to kick up another notch! This year I am hoping to get strawberries, blueberries and free Pacific Northwest blackberries to make awesome Sangria!

  42. says

    All of my plants must have whiskey in them, because that’s how I water them…usually unintentionally because I am a drunk gardener…sometimes intentionally, because my plants make the best drinking partners, and I don’t want them to miss out.

  43. Dennis C. says

    I make wine from my grapes, cider from my apple and tomatoes juice for Bloody Marys from my tomatoes. Cheers!

  44. star Conrad says

    We love sangria, and lots of cominations are great lavendar with plums and a rose’ or sweet white, basil with peaches and burgundy, think flavor and scent and mix it up…you can’t go wrong.

  45. Matt Jarvis says

    Sounds like a great read – I’d love a copy…

    I haven’t used anything terribly oddball in my brewing but maybe this will give me some new ideas of things to try…

    Matt Jarvis
    Eugene, Oregon

    • David Woolf says

      The lavender infused Vodka sounds interesting. I am growing some lavender in an aquaponics setup, will have to give that a try.

  46. polly says

    oooo pick me pick me pick me!

    i lurk and love, rarely post but here i have to say something (though i am somewhat intimidated by all your lovely readers – wow).

    so – limoncello from meyers, pepper vodka (black pepper yet to be grown by me), basil martinis, creme brûlée martinis (goat milk also not grown by me but sourced locally), bloody maria’s, cucumber caipirinhas, squash toddies for fall, gin and beet tonics, anything with ginger – beer spiked, martinis, sangria, the lot – and i know i’m missing about 19 others just from being distracted by my heart pounding and the droplets of sweat forming on my brow at 8.50am.

    really – it’s the thought of this very necessary book, not withdrawal or some such.

  47. Susan says

    I sense a drink “cookbook” coming! I love mint in everything! I also love all of Amy’s books especially her first (with slug tossing).

  48. Elin England says

    Last summer we made raspberry gin by soaking a quantity of our homegrown raspberries in a bottle of gin with a bit of sugar. Let it sit for 3 months or so. We opened it on Solstice day eve, with candles all around, with the neighbors who had helped us pick the raspberries. Liquid summer on Winter Solstice with neighbors — what could be finer? I am now inspired to try infusing the wild elderberries and blackberries that grow on the property, the herbs in my garden, and whatever else I can get my hands on.

  49. Dawna says

    I love throwing a few handfuls of fresh strawberries into the blender along with about two fingers of rum, some sweetsour mix and sugar-syrup for a yummy daiquiri. :)

  50. David Woolf says

    I haven’t made any drinks with what I grow, but I have certainly gotten several ideas reading all these comments. Happy gardening to all.

  51. Dana says

    We are juice enthusiasts! Almost willing to try anything -we are going to expand our garden this year so who knows what we’ll end up with. Think Spring and garden fresh!

  52. says

    I was obsessed with Thyme Ice Tea last summer; just some fresh thyme and black tea simmered in the sun. I didn’t add alcohol to it yet, but I think a little Pendleton Whiskey would be a nice touch….

  53. Rachael says

    Right now, I’m obsessed with cucumber water with either fresh basil or fresh mint. It’s so refreshing and light. It’s like spring in a glass.

  54. Wence Dusek says

    Erica, I think you should randomly select only one recipient. For the second one, you should have a survey and let us pick the best one of these responses.

  55. Leila Bee says

    Mm, well, my favourites are infusions, and the best of them all, I think, is rose brandy. Take 2 large handfuls of fragrant wild rose petals, soak in brandy for a month. The taste is truly heavenly, and leaves your breath smelling like roses! I like making fruit syrups when I have a glut of something, that can go in booze, or with club soda, or over dessert, or whatever. Of course, winemaking from whatever’s seasonal and plentiful is also a good use of fruit! Here we have no end of wild blackberries, so there’s always a blackberry wine to be made in late summer.

  56. Sara Jane says

    I have only a balcony (north facing at that!) but i managed to find space for two little raspberry bushes :) Three raspberries in a glass of champagne, and you’ll think you are just the fanciest person who ever fancied ;). I have a couple pots of herbs too, hadn’t thought about using them before, but now am thinking about rosemary infused spirits.

  57. says

    Well, little chance I can compete will all of the above, but I make elderflower cordial from foraged elderberry trees and have finally coaxed an elegant black elderberry in my front yard that produces lovely, fragrant pink-white panicles of citrus-honey scented blossoms. I have found that the resulting cordial (made of course with organic raw cane sugar) pairs favorably with vodka or even gin when I feel like cutting that beautiful sweet-floral-citrus flavor with a little bitterness. This reminds me of an interesting study I heard about on NPR years ago… about a parfumier who approached people on the street with two scent samples: one of just pure jasmine oil and the other of jasmine oil very slightly befouled with a stinky musky scent… something horrible unto itself. Nearly everyone preferred the mixture over the cloying jasmine alone. Hmmmn. Interesting….

  58. Natalie says

    Well, your shamelessness is much appreciated! :) I have yet to get very creative with my garden booze infusing. I’ve done a few flavored vodkas with berries and I’ve done a second ferment with my Kombucha using garden fruit too. The jam-garita you posted a while back was definitely a fun way to “use up” the jam before a new batch. In fact it might be time to try that out again…. I’ve also been meaning to make some tomato juice out of the frozen tomato skins I saved to make a bloody mary mix and use up some of my pickled veggies too.

  59. Shelley says

    Always have mint on hand for garnishes and, of course, mojitos. But I also use thyme and rosemary in cocktails. :)

  60. Jen says

    ooh. Stewart rocks! so far I haven’t ventured into herbs for more than Tea, but if my mint comes back, we’ll be looking at Mojitos, and of course mint lemonade. oh, and berry margaritas.

  61. Mary Wood says

    1. Homemade grape juice was very refreshing to my daughter during chemo for Ovarian Cancer(please get checked) it is a simple blood test).
    2. In the South tea requires mint.

    • says

      Oh dear Mary I send healing light to your daughter for her situation. Remember sugar feeds cancer. Try bicarbonate of baking soda – destroys tumors.

  62. Bekki says

    I have grown a variety of mints for mixing in cocktails- lime mint being my favorite. Pineapple sage is also great for tequila or rum drinks. My husband is a Kentucky boy, and always watches the Derby in May, for which we *have* to have mint juleps. We use homegrown mint for that now, of course! Much easier than remembering to buy some. I’ve heard that cilantro is good in a margarita, but I don’t want to try it.
    On a healthier note, I have added fresh-picked kale leaves to smoothies, for a superfood boost!

  63. Will R says

    They told me I couldn’t grow watermelons in western Oregon, but I did. Yellow-fleshed, top-notch. Had so many, in fact, that I had to start using it in weird ways. Lightly blended (read: still chunky) and mixed 50/50 with Malibu (ah, maybe 25/75, it’s hard to say now…cause if you’re gonna drink Malibu, might as well make it stiff). The birds also left me a couple strawberries — how thoughtful of them — which I used as garnish. Yellow drink, red accent. Turns out fresh tropical is possible in OR. Haters gonna hate.

  64. Megan says

    I mostly use herbs from the garden for mojitos and grown-up lemonades and limeades. I”ll also make fruit syrups for mixing with vodka and soda water.

  65. Lori Cochran says

    We bit of mint, or basil, or herb of any kind in a glass of whatever liquor I have available. Oh and maybe some fruit or home made bloody mary mix (got Tomatoes?!)

  66. Rachel Haemmerle says

    We have made cider from our two apple trees which was surprisingly easy and good! I like to use mint, lavender and other herbs to make simply syrups to add to drinks as well. There is a great cocktail called a honey sage gin fizz that I use our own sage for!

  67. Kristin Anne says

    With a meadow full of Achillea millefolium I make a deliciously fizzy “Yarrow Brew” in the summer! It’s a great addition to a garden party!

  68. Rhonda says

    Basil lemonade is a favorite. And herbs to make simple syrups for the cocktails (sage and rosemary simple syrups are the most common around here).

  69. Jennifer says

    I look forward to Nj’s annual watermelon harvest and make big pitchers of watermelon-lime juice. It’s divine on its own or mixes well with tequila, vodka, rum, white wine or even a light wheaty beer. The versatility is great for entertaining families and a variety of tastes. I also freeze a few mason jars full for a sip of July in January.

    Mints and lemon verbena get good mileage in mojitos and juleps in my house as well.
    Try the verbena in a mojito – trust me on this one !

    Winter brings us kumquats and Meyer lemons from indoor dwarf trees that are usually too small in quantity to do much baking with but perfect to garnish a tonic.

    My pride and joy, as a hobby bee keeper, is the mead I made with honey, cherries and herbs all from my yard (50×100 semi-urban lot)…looking forward to making a honey-wheat beer this year if “the girls” can spare it!

  70. Vestpocket Farmer says

    Now you’ve done it…another book on the must-acquire list. LOL!
    I’m very fond of tinctures, and was just thinking already this morning that I really need get a considerable quantity of decent 100 proof vodka in the house. Yeah, okay, not just for medicinal tinctures. :-)
    I made new housemate very happy recently by whipping up a fairly large pot of from scratch hot cocoa (involving fresh Kinder goat milk and a lump of real butter, shocked in the cup with heavy cream)…then adding a friendly portion of orange mint tincture that I put by a couple of years ago and never got around to making into liqueur.
    Said housemate and I are now exploring the make-a-small-still-from-a-pressure-cooker concept easily found on YouTube. It’s kind of at the top of the list of things to pursue if we ever get ahead of stuff here.
    This book looks like all kinds of trouble.

  71. Liz Jones says

    My downstairs neighbor makes the most delicious lavender kombucha, and I intend to hound him to teach me how…

  72. Ticia says

    Well, I just found this site and it looks amazingly enticing. I have to say on the drink front it’s just been the mint for mojitos….so far. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on. Cheers!

  73. says

    Homegrown hops of course for homebrew, but chocolate mint and homegrown limes makes for a very interesting mojito (or margarita depending on our mood).

  74. Stacy says

    Last year we made mojitos with our own limes and mint! This year my botanical offerings are multiplied abundantly, as we were able to pull up a huge deck with the landlord’s blessings. The herbs and veggies are already going in the ground! I can’t wait to see what concoctions we can come up with! If our darn orange tree would produce more than flowers we could do more! Gonna try to can bloody Marys and some boozy jam with herbs this year! I’m so stoked, I can’t wait for produce! ;)

  75. Dayla Culp says

    We use home canned pickled asparagus (some of the brine as well) to make a fabulous bloody mary. Perfect summer (or winter…or spring….or fall) drink!!! For our children (ok…and sometimes us adults enjoy it too) we use fresh strawberries from our garden to make smoothies and strawberry lemonade. We also use watermelon for a refreshing aqua fresca. So many possibilities!!!!

  76. says

    Just started my own garden in Portland this year thanks to your inspiration and advice, which has been truly indispensable! I adore that your posts are full of incredible knowledge and simultaneous irreverence, and man, this book seems to be in the same fantastic anti-hoity-toity vein! So great!

    That said, I did plan my garden mostly so that it could source a killer Mezcal Bloody Mary. We’ve got tomatoes, jalepenos, and lots of things that will be pickled and presented on a skewer in the drink for flavor and entertainment: carrots, radishes, beets, onions and pole beans, to name a few. Things are sprouting now – I can’t wait! Your blog has seriously guided the way!

  77. Jen Henry says

    I was addicted to chocolate mint martinis the summer before I was pregnant. We infused the vodka with chocolate mint and marley mint (mint from a plant in Bob Marleys yard apparently and oh so yummy!) and then added a fresh sprig to the drink. So good I dreamt about them while I was pregnant! So glad the baby is out now! :)

  78. Linda Hickman says

    I have more pears and apples than I can use fresh, and I am not a big apple or pear sauce eater, so I can a LOT of them, then end up using the stored fruit rather than the canned. I was trying to figure out what to do with the canned fruit before I canned even more and invented this drink, or I think I did, who knows? I take a jar of pears, apples or a combination of both, pour the juice and fruit in a blender in batches so I don’t end up wearing it (from personal experiance) and blend til smooth. Pour into a container and chill well. Before serving, I blend a bunch of mint into about 1/4 of the puree.. I love mint, so I use lots, but some people like less. To serve it, if you are being fancy, mix club soda, lemon lime soda, or gin (one of my faves) over a glass of the puree, stiring well, then drizzle the green mint puree over the top and serve with a straw, using the straw to swirl in the mint. If you just want a refreshing drink in the afternoon, steep a pot of mint leaves nice and strong, strain and add to the puree, then store in the fridge, just pour a glass, add the liquid of choice if it is too thick (or if you like gin) and go sit in the shade!

  79. Ethan says

    I do a couple infusions here and there, but my favorite so far has been transforming my raspberry liqueur into raspberry brandy cream liqueur.

  80. Dan says

    Hops for the homebrew! But I also have been doing a bunch of infusions over the last year. Cucumber, basil, and pepper vodka, and I have some lemoncello in process as we speak!

  81. Elaine says

    My latest concoction is quince-infused tequila. It is absolutely fabulous. No need to make a cocktail, it’s sipped, very slowly.