Gin: A Global History (Hardcover)

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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.

Mother’s Milk, Mother’s Ruin, and Ladies’ Delight. Dutch Courage and Cuckold’s 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 gin’s past, revealing that this spirit has played the role of both hero and villain throughout history.

Taking us back to gin’s origins as a medicine derived from the aromatic juniper berry, Solmonson describes how the Dutch recognized the berry’s 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.

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ISBN 9781861899248
Genre COOKING / Beverages / Wine & Spirits
Format Hardcover
Pages 167
Publisher Date 2012-05-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Reaktion Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.8 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Global History
Series Name Edible
Audience General/trade
Authors Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs
Country of Origin United States
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