Got a green thumb? Plants can be converted into alcoholic drinks

on 19/03/13 at 10:39 am

Booze News

a1Gardening can be an intoxicating hobby, especially if the botany is booze-related.

Consider the possibilities: grapes fermented into wine, corn distilled into bourbon, hops used to flavor beer and fruit to sweeten liqueurs.

Why run to a liquor store when you can savor the harvest from your own cocktail garden?

Three processes are involved in converting plants into serviceable drinks: fermentation, distillation and mixing, according to Amy Stewart, author of the new book “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks” (Algonquin Books).

“Virtually anything that produces sugar – fruit and grains – can be used distilled, fermented or drunk,” Stewart said in an interview. “Most people get involved with the mixers.”

 

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