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Take a closer look into the history, biology and craft of infused spirits by reading The Drunken Botanist, a book by Amy Stewart. After brushing up on botany, test your knowledge with our multiple-choice quiz. Then, complete the Recipe Challenge and Extra Credit for your chance to be presented with the Bartender’s Dream Library or the Bartender’s Deluxe Cocktail Kit and join our elite featured bartenders. All tasks must be completed in order to win.
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers, The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. Amy has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other newspapers and magazines. She is also the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant. Currently living in Eureka, California, Amy and her husband, Scott Brown, own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books. Her next book, Girl Waits With Gun, will be published in 2015.
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ
PART I: TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
WHAT DID YOU LEARN? TAKE THE 10-POINT TEST.
All questions are taken from the recommended reading material above.
= incorrect = correct
1. Sticks of cassia are often confused for this common tree spice:
2. After the Luxardo distillery was decimated in war-torn Croatia, this cherry liqueur found its way to the shores of Italy:
3. Around 77AD, Pliny the Elder wrote of this crop, used in whiskey, vodka and beer production, saying it was “a very inferior grain, and is only employed to avert positive famine”:
4. The tender, green vegetative or flowing part of a plant used for flavoring is:
5. The flavorful oils of this tropical root peak at about nine months of age:
6. The ‘mojito mint’ leaf arrived to the US from this island nation:
RECIPE CHALLENGE
PART II: RECIPE CHALLENGE
TELL US YOUR TAKE ON VODKA INFUSION

With a garden, or grocery, full of fresh produce and wonderful botanicals, you can easily create a great cocktail without a recipe. Simply follow a few basic proportions to combine your ingredients to make a balanced drink. Following the Garden Cocktails: Template for Experimentation presented in the recommended reading, create your own garden vodka cocktail considering the following:

• 1 ½ ounces of vodka
• Muddled with:
• Plus a bit of:
• And if you want to get fancy, a splash of:
• Then serve it:

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EXTRA CREDIT
PART III: EXTRA CREDIT
SHORT ESSAY CHALLENGE:
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Once praised for their medicinal, or mythological, properties, many botanicals eventually found their way into our glasses as infused syrups, bitters and garnishes. Because almost any botanical ingredient can be infused into simple syrup, this is an easy way to incorporate local produce and adds a twist to any basic cocktail recipe.

Your challenge is to create a recipe for vodka-based, garden infused simple syrup and answer the following questions:

  • Identify what botanical you would use?

  • Why did you choose this botanical?

  • What cocktails does it lend itself to?

SUBMIT
PART IV: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
FOR BARTENDERS AND FANS OF THE BAR ARTS
If you've completed the Recipe Challenge and taken a stab at the extra credit, all we need now is your contact info and a little about your experience. If you are a bartender or aspiring to make cocktails like the best of them, submit your info for an opportunity to own the Bartenders Dream Library (see Rules) and we'll also consider you a part of the family, with opportunities for more dialogue, insider updates on events and great tips on how to make your cocktails even better. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
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