By Wayne Curtis
One spirit, Ten cocktails, and 4 Centuries of yankee History
And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously interesting tale of the US as noticeable throughout the backside of a consuming glass. With a bankruptcy for every of ten cocktails—from the grog sailors drank at the excessive seas within the 1700s to the mojitos of contemporary membership hoppers—Wayne Curtis unearths that the homely spirit as soon as distilled from the economic waste of the exploding sugar exchange has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of latest international society.
Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yankee colonies, the place rum introduced either an inexpensive wallop and money for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of critical the USA, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of Nineteen Fifties the US. listed below are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere preventing for a nip in the course of his well-known trip, Prohibitionists marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving outdated favorites like Planter’s Punch. In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum—once the swill of the typical man—has discovered its method into the tasting rooms of the main discriminating drinkers.
Awash with neighborhood colour and wry humor, And a Bottle of Rum is an affectionate toast to this such a lot American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been continually reinvented over the centuries by way of tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising experts. whole with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this can be heritage at its such a lot intoxicating.
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