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 United States as visible throughout 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 commercial waste of the exploding sugar exchange 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 funds for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of critical the USA, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of Fifties the USA. listed below are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere preventing for a nip in the course of his well-known 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 discovered 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 such a lot American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been continually reinvented over the centuries by means of tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising experts. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often heritage at its such a lot intoxicating.

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