And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten by Wayne Curtis

By Wayne Curtis

One spirit, Ten cocktails, and 4 Centuries of yankee History

And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously exciting tale of the US as noticeable during the backside of a ingesting 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 recent membership hoppers—Wayne Curtis finds that the homely spirit as soon as distilled from the economic waste of the exploding sugar alternate has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of latest international society.

Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yank colonies, the place rum brought either an inexpensive wallop and money for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of vital the United States, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of 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 recognized experience, Prohibitionists marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving previous favorites like Planter’s Punch. In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum—once the swill of the typical man—has chanced on its manner 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 so much American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been consistently reinvented over the centuries by means of tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising authorities. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often heritage at its so much intoxicating.

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