By Wayne Curtis
And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously enjoyable tale of the United States as noticeable in the course of 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 commercial waste of the exploding sugar alternate has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of recent international society.
Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yank colonies, the place rum added either an inexpensive wallop and funds for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of valuable the United States, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of Fifties the United States. listed here 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marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving outdated favorites like Planter’s Punch.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 stumbled on 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 so much American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been regularly reinvented over the centuries through tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising experts. whole with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this can be historical past at its so much intoxicating.
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And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis