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Stewart's presentation wove through the sometimes sordid folklore behind the "Black Republican" cherry, the makings of the true maraschino cherry (the real stuff is infused Nike Jacket Black Grey

with Luxardo liqueur), and once banned plants like black currant and the Cuban mojito mint.

As the evening concluded in the heart of Livermore's wine country, Stewart said she hoped the audience of about 300 including a sizable group of local high school students would walk away thinking a little more about what's in all those bottles.

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Livermore's Alden Lane Nursery, which Stewart had connected with for her first book on gardening, Nike Windrunner Suit

served up a nonalcoholic lemon verbena iced tea in the Bankhead's foyer and displayed plants commonly used in liqueurs: sweet potato vine, coriander, fennel.

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From corn in bourbon to agave in tequila, plants have a long history in alcoholic spirits, Stewart explained. Since at least the eighth century, humans have been putting them in distilled drinks and soaking herbs in alcohol to preserve their medicinal properties. European explorers searching for dysentery remedies stumbled on the bark of the angostura plant, the namesake for (but no longer an ingredient in) the bitters used in a Manhattan.

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The rest of the cocktail, Stewart said, contains well over a dozen plants. Besides the corn, rye, wheat and barley in whiskey, there's a number of various secret herbs and spices in vermouth and bitters not to mention the Nike Mens Sweatshirts

She and a companion were imbibing when Stewart remarked on the plants needed to make a bottle of gin; juniper, lavender and sarsaparilla to name a few. Where others saw booze, she envisioned a garden.

A night of botany and booze at Livermore's Bankhead Theater

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oak in the whiskey barrel.

"It's an interesting approach," said Cyndee Carvalho, the nursery's general manager. "We're hoping it will connect with someone a little younger who hasn't tried gardening yet,"

"Everything behind the bar was plants in liquid Nike Hoodies Ladies form," Stewart said. "Fortunately, I could still read my handwriting the next day."

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"It's interesting to take a global perspective," she said. "There are all kinds of plants we don't think about here that are consumed other places."

Her subsequent research had her globe trotting to wineries, bars and distilleries, provoking countless interviews with botanists, including at UC Davis, where scientists are mapping the genetics of wine varietals.

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