Cocktails: A Global History

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Reaktion Books, Feb 15, 2013 - Cooking - 135 pages
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Gimlet, negroni, manhattan, Long Island ice tea, flirtini, hurricane, screwdriver—cocktails have come a long way from their first incarnation in the seventeenth century, when rum punch was everyone’s go-to drink. Originally made of five ingredients, including a spirit, sugar, and spices, “cocktail” now refers to any drink made of liquor and a mixer. In this book, Joseph M. Carlin uncovers how many of our favorite cocktails were invented and describes how this most American of alcoholic beverages—but most international of drinks—came to influence society around the world.   Traveling back to the nineteenth century, Carlin explains that, though England and the American colonies were enjoying rum punch years earlier, the true cocktail was born in America in 1806. Soon after mechanically harvested ice became widely available, Americans were sipping martinis and mint juleps in bars, saloons, and taprooms, and it didn’t take long for these tasty concoctions to spill over into all corners of the globe. The result, Carlin reveals, was the birth of a number of cocktail spinoffs—cocktail parties, cocktail dresses, cocktail wieners, cocktail napkins, and the Molotov cocktail, to name just a few. Featuring many tempting recipes, Cocktail: A Global History is a book to peruse with a mimosa in the morning and a martini at night.
 

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This is a slim book on the history of the cocktail. While I enjoyed it, I found it to be almost too slim. I've read the Whiskey book from this series (The Edible Series by Reaktion Books) and it was ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
9
1The Mysterious Birth of the Cocktail
11
2 Punch the Cocktails Original Ancestor
26
3 American Taverns the Cocktails nursery
40
4 The Globalization of the Cocktail
56
5 The Social Side of the Cocktail
80
Recipes
109
Cocktails around the Globe
115
References
118
Select Bibliography
125
Websites and Associations
127
Acknowledgements
129
Photo Acknowledgements
131
Index
132
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Joseph M. Carlin writes about food history for Nutrition Today and teaches food history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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