And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails

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Crown/Archetype, 4 de fev de 2009 - 304 páginas
Now revised, updated, and with new recipes, And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously entertaining story of this most American of liquors

From the grog sailors drank on the high seas in the 1700s to the mojitos of Havana bar hoppers, spirits and cocktail columnist Wayne Curtis offers a history of rum and the Americas alike, revealing that the homely spirit once distilled from the industrial waste of the booming sugar trade has managed to infiltrate every stratum of New World society. 

Curtis takes us from the taverns of the American colonies, where rum delivered both a cheap wallop and cash for the Revolution; to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of Central America; to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba; and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of 1950s America. Here are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere stopping for a nip during his famous ride, Prohibitionists marching against "demon rum," Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today's bartenders reviving old favorites like Planter's Punch.

In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum--once the swill of the common man--has found its way into the tasting rooms of the most discriminating drinkers. Complete with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is history at its most intoxicating.
 

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Comentário do usuário  - Mrs_McGreevy - LibraryThing

This is how history should be: entertaining, compulsively readable, and enlightening. Curtis uses rum drinks popular in various eras to present a picture of how the world worked at that time, and the cultural reasons behind why that particular drink was popular at that particular time. Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - dirac - LibraryThing

I do not think that I have a problem but I do have a fascination with the history of drink and the ways it has reflected historical trends and, at times, directed them. This book did not disappoint ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

INTRODUCTION
3
KILLDEVIL
10
GRog
38
FLIP
66
MEDFord RUM
97
PLANTERs PUNCH II 4
114
DEMON RUM
134
DAIQUIRI
160
Acknowledgments 183
283
RUMAND CocaCola 188
292
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Sobre o autor (2009)

Wayne Curtis was the spirits and cocktails columnist for The Atlantic magazine for eight years, and has also written about drinks for the Wall Street Journal, Imbibe, The Daily Beast, and The American Scholar. In 2002 Curtis was named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. He lives in New Orleans and Maine.

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