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 yank History

And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously exciting tale of the United States as obvious 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 economic 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 introduced either an inexpensive wallop and funds 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 United States. listed here are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere preventing for a nip in the course of his recognized journey, 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 came across 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 always reinvented over the centuries via 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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