By Wayne Curtis
And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously enjoyable tale of the US as visible during 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 recent 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 latest global society.
Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yankee colonies, the place rum added either an inexpensive wallop and money for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of imperative the USA, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of Fifties the United States. listed below are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere preventing for a nip in the course of his recognized 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marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving outdated favorites like Planter’s Punch.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 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 such a lot American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been consistently reinvented over the centuries via tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising and marketing specialists. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often heritage 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