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  • Writer's pictureAngie Jackson

Spirits 101: for Herbalists and Foragers Workshop

This educational and immersive experience is designed to introduce herbalists and foragers to the enchanting world of spirits.

Join Angie Jackson, aka "The Traveling Elixir Fixer" and Joanna Merrill, co-founder of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse, as they embark on a journey to uncover the secrets of nature's hidden gems and expand your knowledge of the mystical and therapeutic properties they possess.

Understanding Spirits:

Spirits, in the context of this workshop, refer to distilled alcoholic beverages that are often infused with botanical ingredients. These spirits have a rich history deeply intertwined with herbalism and foraging, making them a fascinating subject to explore. From gin infused with juniper berries to absinthe containing wormwood, each spirit offers a unique and captivating experience.

The Workshop:

Our Spirits 101 Workshop is a comprehensive guide that will empower participants to harness the potential of spirits for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Through a combination of theoretical discussions, hands-on activities, and tastings of the Kalamazoo Stillhouse spirits, attendees will gain a deep understanding of the art and science behind crafting spirits.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction to Spirits:

- A brief history of spirits and their connection to herbalism and foraging

- Overview of different types of spirits and their production methods

2. Botanicals and Ingredients:

- Exploring the diverse range of grains and botanicals used in spirits

- Understanding the specific properties and benefits of different plants

3. Distillation Techniques:

- An in-depth look at the distillation process and its significance in spirit production

- Understanding the impact of distillation on flavor profiles and medicinal properties

4. Mixology and Cocktail Crafting:

- Unleashing creativity through the art of mixology

- Experimenting with botanical-infused cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages

5. Ethical Foraging and Sustainability:

- Promoting responsible foraging practices and sustainable sourcing of botanical ingredients

- Understanding the importance of preserving ecosystems and biodiversity

Benefits of Attending:

By participating in the Spirits 101 Workshop, herbalists and foragers will gain a multitude of benefits, including:

- Enhanced knowledge of botanicals and their healing properties

- Skills to create unique and personalized herbal-infused spirits

- Insights into the art of mixology and cocktail crafting

- Networking opportunities with like-minded individuals in the field

- Practical tips on ethical foraging and sustainable practices

The Spirits 101 For Herbalists and Foragers Workshop is an invaluable opportunity to delve into the world of spirits and discover their potential for enhancing our understanding of herbalism and foraging. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of nature's hidden gems and embark on a journey of sensory exploration. Expand your knowledge, refine your skills, and experience the magic that lies within spirits crafted with love and respect for the natural world.

We can drink things that are delicious, good for us, and good for the wild world we are part of. All it takes is the right proportions of culinary mixology, herbalist tradition, and your inner kitchen witch.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot! Click HERE to register.


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