And A Bottle Of Rum: A History Of The New World In Ten Cocktails
ISBN: 0525575022
EAN13: 9780525575023
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 5, 2018
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8" L x 5.13" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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   A very pleasant read
A very enjoyable book, though it started a little slowly for me. As the subtitle suggests, author Curtis does not present a history of rum, though this is covered in admirable detail, but interweaves the story of rum with the concomitant history of the United States, the West Indies and even Europe to some degree from the 17th century. Mr. Curtis is adept at describing the connections between the Spirits Trade, Patriotism, Slavery and other seemingly disparate topics while correcting myths and dubious assertions. Students of history, philology, andor libations will probably find And a bottle of Rum quite to their taste.
   I very much enjoyed the author's use of anecdote to convey history in ...
I enjoyed very much the author's use of anecdote to convey history in a more entertaining way than simply presenting facts and figures. I will say that a lot of the anecdotes seemed to be more based on the authors'apos ; imagination than actual history. Sentences about the historical figures's thoughts and feelings are almost undoubtedly Mr. Curtis's own interpretation and not supported in the research. In several instances, the reader gets the sense that Mr. Curtis uses these types of historical liberties conveniently to skew perceptions and change the gravity of the quantitative source material. In general, it is an interesting and informative read. I highly recommend this book.
   A Great Rum History Book
Just a new book on the history of Rum and it's place in the great world. From the development of rum as a use for the waste molasses in the Caribbean Sea to the Mojito craze of the 1980s. Wayne Curtis does a fine job of introducing you to the history of Rum and introducing you to many people who have shaped its path on the way, by dividing eras of rum history into the favorite rum cocktail of that time. I found the book to be both very informative and interesting ''. Kind of like a fun history book that involved one of my favorite distilled spirits. If you are a fan of Rum and want to know more about it, or you are interested in the history of the first national spirit of America, then you will really enjoy this book.
   American History With a Rum Cocktail
Of course, there is the golf course. He did, of course. But it was interesting to see how this Rum has played a surprising supporting role in our history. Ernest Hemingway's research seems solid... his sections on Piracy and Curtis alone are worth the price of the book.
   Enjoyable, informative read
The writing drifts at times, but the book is filled with enough interesting content to make it worth reading the whole way through. The later part of the book is also a very nice summary of a few rums and a few drinks. Just enough to get you started in the right direction if you are new to Rum or looking to expand your understanding and palate a bit. Docked it a star because at times the writing seemed to lose focus and others I really wanted the author to expand in more detail on several points. This was a very enjoyable and informative read overall.
   A fun cocktail of history
What a funny and wise book. It brings a part of history rarely mentioned and is often surprised as a reader by the various tidbits brought to light by the author. Who knew that Rum played such an important part during the colonial days of America? For example, Paul Revere may have stopped for a glass of rum during his famous ride. We hear the term mixologist a lot during our current cocktail renaissance, but it turns out that the term was used centuries ago. At the end, one is left with a much richer knowledge of history as well as a distinct desire to sip some rum.
   As easy to read as drinking smooth dark rum
Great reading, entertaining and combines literary and modern elements with historical observations. I always like a book that exposes me to the history I was unaware of, and this certainly fits the bill.
Interesting and easy to read rum-centric view of US history. Good book to read at the beach, on a boat or in the house, dreaming of the other two places to read it.
   Great history
I have read a few other Rum books, but this should be the essential guide. First read this and then everything else.
   Fun and interesting
A great look at the evolution of both rum and alcohol trends in the US and the Caribbean. It has general facts, some myth clairifiers, and fun information. It is easy to read and diverse.