The Drunken Botanist ($16) won't provide you with everything you need to make your own bathtub gin. (You'll need a still and either a license or a really good hiding place.) But it will fill your brain with all sorts of tidbits about the herbs, trees, fruits, flowers, and fungi behind your favorite tipples. Author Amy Stewart covers obvious classics such as agave and barley as well as obscurities that'll have you scouring Google for sources.
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