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

And a Bottle of Rum A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails One spirit Ten cocktails and Four Centuries of American History And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously entertaining story of America as seen through the bottom of a drinking glass With a chapter fo

  • Title: And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
  • Author: Wayne Curtis
  • ISBN: 9781400051670
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One spirit, Ten cocktails, and Four Centuries of American History And a Bottle of Rum tells 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 dOne spirit, Ten cocktails, and Four Centuries of American History And a Bottle of Rum tells 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 local color and wry humor, And a Bottle of Rum is an affectionate toast to this most American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been constantly reinvented over the centuries by tavern keepers, bootleggers, lounge lizards, and marketing gurus Complete with cocktail recipes for would be epicurean time travelers, this is history at its most intoxicating.

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    1. This book really surprised me. I've been curious about liquor and the various types for a long time, so when I saw this title, I knew I had to check the book out, especially because I've been into microhistory books the past five or six years. I wasn't expecting such a funny, entertaining, passionate, and well-told story about rum, a liquor I don't even drink. The book begins with rum's early history, and it tells the story of the colonial Caribbean isles (a more romantic, rum-soaked word than " [...]

    2. First half = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzSecond half = Thumbs Up!As I'm not very interested in pirates, the British Navy, colonial America, or the post Colonial period either, the first part of the book was a real slog for me. If those areas interest you, your experience should be more pleasant.For the later part of the story (after the Civil War), the emphasis shifts to American drinking habits in general, and rum's part in the tale, as its popularity varied by generation. This was the book I had in mind [...]

    3. I am not so much a sucker for history books as I am a sucker for very focused, almsot gimmicky, history books. Andrew Carr's _Drink: A Social History of America_ is a similarly gimmicky history book that I (pun coming) ate and drank up furiously, and Wayne Curtis has provided an equally capturing read with _And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails_. This book comes from the level perspective of a connoseur of rum, one who enjoys the depth of the drink, which includes the [...]

    4. I love books. I especially love history books, serious history books, the sort that repel my mother to the point she several years ago swore she'd never, ever gift me a book again, and she was not joking. This is a serious history bookrt of. It's serious about rum how its life is interwoven with that of the New World. And it is so much fun to read! Whether you're a teetotaler, a classic cocktail aficionado, a voracious reader, or would like the ability to drop some unforgettable stories from our [...]

    5. And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis draws its title from the pirate song penned by Robert Louis Stevenson for Treasure Island. In fact, Curtis's opening chapter includes an explanation of why he chose the title and how the phrase came about.From there he explores two parallel histories: the creation of rum and its uses over the years. Along with his discussion of how rum has been used, he has some cocktail recipes and their histories.My favorite pieces of the book were the history of grog (along [...]

    6. I read this book a while ago, after receiving it as a gift. I remember it be engaging enough that I recently picked it up for a reread, which is rare for me to do with nonfiction books. Thankfully, it holds up just as well as it did when I first read it.Above all else, this book is about the origins and eccentricities of rum, the indomitable liquor fermented from the industrial waste of making sugar. Curtis covers ten different periods of history, focusing largely on the Americas and the Caribbe [...]

    7. This book is excellent, but full review will come later.An excellent history of America through the lens of rum. I found the early colonial chapters to be the most interesting, though the book has impressive factiods all throughout.Each chapter is dedicated to a specific rum drink, and the era it exemplifies. I found the guide to rum at the end of the book to be very useful, as well as the formula's for varrious cocktails at the very end of the book. I feel this book has furthered me down a path [...]

    8. While this book belongs squarely in the realm of "popular" fiction, it is fairly well researched and has a lengthy bibliography. That being said, there are some places where I felt Curtis was having to stretch his point a bit, and the "cocktails" overlap in many respects, so it doesn't work as well as "The History of the World in 6 Glasses" (which I absolutely LOVED). But, this was definitely an entertaining read - and a quick one, and Curtis certainly makes his point that rum, perhaps more than [...]

    9. Probably the best book I've read this year, and definitey the most fun. Wind your way through the history of the New World through the prism of various confections. Well-written, witty, one of those books that every few pages reveals the origins of commonplace phrases and cliches. Follow rum from the dregs, to on top of the world, driven underground by puritans, and finally enjoying a modern-day renaissance. I'm thirsty

    10. Absolutely fascinating. The structure of the book - a history of rum told in the context of 10 cocktails - is well-executed. Curtis has an entertaining writing style and his passion for the subject comes through. I read this while vacationing in the Caribbean, drinking rum drinks - I highly recommend this as a beach read!

    11. A very informative book on rum & it's history, I enjoyed how the author choose a cocktail for each chapter in which to launch from and further you along rums historic trail. If you like rum & cocktails this was a fun read.

    12. America and the West Indies through the lens of rum. An entertaining and insightful book--better than I expected. Why do people drink what they drink? The answer is deeper than I thought, and far more political.

    13. It was an interesting read. Fun to know that pirate's original beverage of choice (really no choice) was wine. Makes me wanna drink more. Yard!

    14. I'm a history teacher and a fan of books that look at the history of the world, or some part of it, through the lens of some simple object. Mark Kurlansky has written several good books like this. Wayne Curtis' And a Bottle of Rum fits the bill quite well.Looking at the history of the new world, he traces rum use and social status from the age of exploration, to the colonial era where nearly everyone drank it, through the 1800s where a combination of changing alcohol tastes and the temperance mo [...]

    15. Based on the title, I had thought that And a Bottle of Rum would be a rum-oriented version of Standage’s History of the World in 6 Glasses. This turned out not to be the case: where “6 Glasses” shows the influence of six specific beverages on Western history and society, this book is more of a history of rum, and the effects of historical and social events on its production, marketing and consumption. This is not to say that it’s a bad book, it’s still very readable and an solid accoun [...]

    16. Actual rating would be 3.5 stars. This is an entertaining history book, tracing the history of rum through the history of the New Worldor maybe tracing the history of the New World through the history of rum. In any event, we start with the earliest precursors to rum (when sailors would drink the must-have-been-nasty remnants of sugarcane after processing) to the arrival in the late 20th century of tiki bars and mojitos on every menu. The book's hook is using a different cocktail to tie each cha [...]

    17. Interesting and fun read that really opened my eyes to the role that rum played in the early stages of American history and its importance to the Boston area which I happen to be living in at the moment. The book starts really strong and carries that momentum through the first half but begins to slow down (at least to me) once it left the historical era and entered into a more pop culture discussion. Great read that I would recommend to anyone interested in American history, booze, the Caribbean [...]

    18. An interesting and exciting history of Rum for the connoisseur of amateur or epic proportions. Curtis makes the history an exciting trip involving pirates, smugglers, the Revolution, World Wars, communism, fortunes made and lost, and inventors. I'd recommend this book for people who enjoy Rum (obviously) and for those readers who find themselves having finished Anthony Bourdain's books and not sure where to turn next. This is a good continuation of the niche genre in a tour of food and drink.

    19. A good chronological history about the ups and downs of Rum over the centuries. I liked the chapter where the author digs into the origin of the Mai tai. It's well written with lovely anecdotes. I bought the hard copy as it is great resource to use for mixing cocktails and look up about special rums.

    20. Surprisingly interesting and informative read on rum. I grabbed this book because I thought the Ten Cocktails in the title would include more liquor than just rum. Even though it mentions other spirits briefly, the history and evolution of rum makes for a great story that many, myself included, know nothing about.

    21. Entertainingly written with interesting research. I like the different threads of history that are woven together with rum as the central narrative. There is even a little social science thrown in, but this is not a scholarly or in-depth history of any of the subjects. The recipes and reviews at the end are a nice touch and should lead to a fun trip to the liquor store.

    22. Stylistically similar to a seminal history text, A Distant Mirror, And a Bottle of Rum explores history not through an influential character but through a superb spirit. I learned a lot and can snob it up to an even higher degree, making me at least 2 shades more unbearable to have at a party. Excellent.

    23. Interesting book. I'm not really a rum drinker but reading the history of rum was interesting. I liked learning about how it became an alcoholic drink, I really liked the history of rum and learning about pirates. Clever format choosing a drink to examine the history in context.I recommend the book to people like me who like food/drink history.An easy to read, informative book.

    24. Terrific book that stands shoulder-to-shoulder to other great food histories written by Mark Kurlansky and Bee Wilson, with the deft author giving rum a Zelig-like presence throughout existence the Americas - from Puritans to pirates to plantations to Prohibition to post-War to present. Highly recommend. Cheers!

    25. This read like a thesis but the history was fascinating! I had no idea that rum played such a large roll in the early days of the American colonies. If you like American History and RUM you will enjoy this book.

    26. This was an enjoyable read for anyone who likes history or drinking.Some sections went a bit long but otherwise, the author did a fine job of teaching me about rum and how the times influence the drink.

    27. LOVE histories of alcohol! This one delves into the history of rum and North America, where I learned more about the Caribbean islands than I had before. I look forward to drinking the cocktails he includes at the end with the Cuban rum my mom brought me :)

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