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And a Bottle of Rum, a History of the World in Ten Cocktails (udgave 2016)

af Wayne Curtis (Forfatter)

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"And a Bottle of Rumtells the raucously entertaining story of America as seen through the bottom of a drinking glass. With a chapter for each of ten cocktails from the grog sailors drank on the high seas in the 1700s to the mojitos of modern club hoppers Wayne Curtis reveals that the homely spirit once distilled from the industrial waste of the exploding 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. Awash with loc… (mere)
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Titel:And a Bottle of Rum, a History of the World in Ten Cocktails
Forfattere:Wayne Curtis (Forfatter)
Info:MJF (2016), 299 pages
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This is a book I definitely recommend. If you like rum, or you enjoy rum drinks, you will probably enjoy this book that will teach you more about the history of this spirit. If you are history buff or reader, you will enjoy the book as well.

The book is organized in chapters named after a different rum drink. Each chapter provides a history of the drink in question as well as a history of the New World in the process. Together, the chapters provide not only a narrative of where rum came from, where it has been, where it is now, and where it is headed. You also get a good amount of history overall from Colonial America to today. The book is a good example of the microhistory genre: it takes a single thing, and it explores its history in depth. However, this kind of book also provides a look at history overall. There is trivia. There is history. There are curious facts. And there is even a little adventure on the high seas. I personally enjoy this kind of book because I often learn more about other things besides the one item in question. A neat thing about this book is that it dispels some of the myths people may associate with rum.

Curtis' narrative is pretty easy to read, and the book as a whole is pretty entertaining. From pirates and buccaneers to Captain Morgan (the mascot; the real Captain Morgan was not a jolly fellow with a big red coat)to Ernest Hemingway and tiki bars. You get it all here. This is a book that will have you longing for some rum, and I do not mean just the mass produced varieties like Bacardi.

As a bonus, the end of the book features a section of rum drink recipes so you can try them out and add a bit more to the reading experience. So, get yourself a good bottle of rum, a sour or two, a weak or two, and a sweet or two, fix your favorite cocktail, be it Rum and Coke or a Mai Tai, and just enjoy this excellent book.
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  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Wow. This book combines my love of rum, with my obsession with history. Especially, pirate history, early colonial america, and the age of wooden sailing ships. Mix in Caribbean islands and historical figures, and I'm hooked. 1 for the recipes in the back! ( )
  TBatalias | Feb 22, 2020 |
Great book, easy reading and very informative, in terms of Rum and its relationship to American history. ( )
  viking2917 | Jan 1, 2018 |
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. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
Not a thumping good read, but moderately page turning and with a quite a bit of interesting and surprising background that I hadn't been at all aware of before. Lots of good cocktail recipes too - we have already been enjoying planters punch! ( )
  Matt_B | May 21, 2014 |
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"And a Bottle of Rumtells the raucously entertaining story of America as seen through the bottom of a drinking glass. With a chapter for each of ten cocktails from the grog sailors drank on the high seas in the 1700s to the mojitos of modern club hoppers Wayne Curtis reveals that the homely spirit once distilled from the industrial waste of the exploding 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. Awash with loc

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