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.


April 06 2013 05:00 PM — Eureka Theater Book Launch Party, Eureka, CA
5 PM:  Lecture & slide show in the theater.  6-9 PM:  Drinks served, book signing.   The event is free; drink sales benefit the restoration of the historic Eureka Theater.  A partnership with Eureka Books.

April 08 2013 07:00 PM — The Bookstall, Winnetka, IL
Drunken Botanist book tour

April 09 2013 11:30 AM — The Standard Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
A Lunch & Learn member event in partnership with The Book Stall. 11:30 reception, noon luncheon & discussion.

April 09 2013 07:00 PM — Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
A Drunken Botanist party with an assortment of cocktail-friendly plants from  The Growing Place garden center and a tasting of Koval Distillery‘s floral liqueurs and botanical spirits.

April 10 2013 07:00 PM — Boswell Books at Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee, WI
Join me and the folks from Boswell Books at Great Lakes Distillery for a free tasting and talk!  Co-sponsored by Boerner Botanical Gardens.

April 11 2013 07:30 PM — Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis, MN


And now–tequila? Did someone say tequila?

I share with you another of the plant collections I put together with Log House Plants and Territorial Seed Company. Territorial sells the plants and seeds online, and Log House, a wholesale grower, ships them to garden centers on the West Coast.

This was an easy one to put together–the Heart of Agave Tequila Garden. We included sage, pepper, watermelon, rosemary, and mint–and this time we chose a mint called ‘Margarita.’ But wait–margaritas don’t have mint in them! Don’t let that stop you. It’s a very pretty, lemony mint that is not as aggressive as most mints (your mileage may vary) and worth growing.

Read about the whole collection here, but meanwhile, here’s a tequila cocktail to get you through the week.


Agave Piña

1.5 oz 100% agave tequila

2 oz pineapple juice (fresh if possible)

.5 oz agave nectar or simple syrup

2-3 fresh jalapeño slices

2-3 sage leaves

½ small lime

Optional: Club soda or lemon-lime soda

Squeeze lime into cocktail shaker and add other ingredients. Muddle sage leaves and peppers to release the flavors. Shake well over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Optional variation: Pour into a tall, skinny Collins glass over ice and top with soda to taste.