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Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples

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Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples is a celebration of the huge diversity of flavour, colour and fragrance plants bring to the drinks we consume, with over 80 drinks recipes. 

Author: RBG Kew. 128pp. 220 x 175 mm. Over 70 colour and b/w illustrations. Hardback, ISBN 9781842465882, Kew Publishing 2015.

Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples is a celebration of the huge diversity of flavour, colour and fragrance plants bring to the drinks we consume. We drink plants every day, from tea and coffee to smoothies and cocktails. A great companion to and following on the success of the bestselling Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook, Kew brings you recipes for drinks for all occasions, and nine short essays tell the story of how they became part of our everyday life.

Over 80 recipes are included, split into sections covering teas and tisanes; hot winter warmers; boozy iced teas; fresh summer tonics; ciders, beers and wines; botanical cocktails; party punches; fizzy celebration drinks; and shorts and tipples. There are drinks for every taste in this beautiful book, including beetroot wine, meader, vanilla chai, mint and fennel tisane, chilli hot chocolate, pineapple punch, limoncello fizz, chilli martini, rhubarb cordial, marmalade-ade, ginger gin and many more.

The recipes and short essays have been written by a wealth of contributors including Bob Flowerdew, Caroline Craig, Sophie Missing, Susanne Groom, Shelia Keating, Hattie Ellis, Susanne Masters and Kew staff as well as historic recipes from the royal households at Kew, Mrs Beeton and many more.

Throughout the book the recipes are accompanied with materials from the Kew archives, including beautiful colour illustrations of the plants, along with historical black and white photographs and objects from Kew's Economic Botany Collection.


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Kew Gardens is one of London’s top visitor attractions and Wakehurst, Kew’s second garden in West Sussex, is home to the Millennium Seed Bank. Over the past 250 years Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has made innumerable contributions to increasing the understanding of plants and fungus with many benefits for mankind.

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