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Gin: A Global History (Hardcover)

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    Motherís Milk, Motherís Ruin, and Ladiesí Delight. Dutch Courage and Cuckoldís Comfort. These evocative nicknames for gin hint that it has a far livelier history than the simple and classic martini would lead you to believe. In this book, Lesley Jac......more

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Motherís Milk, Motherís Ruin, and Ladiesí Delight. Dutch Courage and Cuckoldís Comfort. These evocative nicknames for gin hint that it has a far livelier history than the simple and classic martini would lead you to believe. In this book, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson journeys into ginís past, revealing that this spirit has played the role of both hero and villain throughout history.

Taking us back to ginís origins as a medicine derived from the aromatic juniper berry, Solmonson describes how the Dutch recognized the berryís alcoholic possibilities and distilled it into the whiskey-like genever. She then follows the drink to Britain, where cheap imitations laced with turpentine and other caustic fillers made it the drink of choice for poor eighteenth-century Londoners. Eventually replaced by the sweetened Old Tom style and later by London Dry gin, its popularity spread along with the British Empire. As people today once again embrace classic cocktails like the gimlet and the negroni, gin has reclaimed its place in the world of mixology. Featuring many enticing recipes, Gin is the perfect gift for cocktail aficionados and anyone who wants to know whether it should be shaken or stirred.

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson is a freelance writer and cofounder of the cocktail blog 12bottlebar.com. Her writings on food, wine, and spirits have been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Gourmet, Dining Out, and C magazine.

Author:
Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs
Series Title:
Edible
Genre:
COOKING / Beverages / Wine & Spirits
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
167
Language:
English
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Publish Date:
05/15/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781861899248
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.8 lb
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