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By Wayne Curtis

One spirit, Ten cocktails, and 4 Centuries of yankee History

And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously unique tale of the USA as noticeable 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 alternate has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of latest global society.

Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yankee colonies, the place rum brought either an inexpensive wallop and funds for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of significant the USA, 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 experience, 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marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving outdated favorites like Planter’s Punch.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 chanced 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 such a lot American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been continuously reinvented over the centuries via tavern keepers, bootleggers, living room lizards, and advertising and marketing experts. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often background at its so much intoxicating.

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