One author has taken the meaning of botanicals in alcohol to a new level: Amy Stewart’s book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, is all about the plant origins of everyone’s favorite adult beverages. On Thursday October 3rd, join Stewart for a tour, talk, and reading from the book at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park—cocktails included. During the tour, she’ll take you through the gardens, with a cocktail, of course, pointing out the various specimens that are used in drinks. The tour runs from 6pm-7pm, and the talk runs from 7pm-9pm. Tickets to the talk cost $40 per person ($35 for Conservatory members), tickets for the tour are $100 ($75 for members), and include the talk. 100 John F. Kennedy Dr. at Conservatory Dr., 415-831-2090.
The week of September 23rd-27th, head to ELIXIR for Whisk(e)y Week 2013, with various tasting, distillers, and whiskey aficionados all in one place. The full schedule of events is right here. Also check out a special tasting with Four Roses bourbon on Friday September 27th from 12pm-2pm; tickets are $45. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.