Gin: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson


Mother’s Milk, Mother’s damage, and girls’ satisfaction. Dutch braveness and Cuckold’s convenience. those evocative nicknames for gin trace that it has a much livelier historical past than the easy and vintage martini may lead you to think. during this booklet, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson trips into gin’s previous, revealing that this spirit has performed the position of either hero and villain all through history.

Taking us again to gin’s origins as a drugs derived from the fragrant juniper berry, Solmonson describes how the Dutch well-known the berry’s alcoholic chances and distilled it into the whiskey-like genever. She then follows the drink to Britain, the place reasonable imitations laced with turpentine and different caustic fillers made it the drink of selection for terrible eighteenth-century Londoners. finally changed by means of the sweetened previous Tom sort and later via London Dry gin, its recognition unfold in addition to the British Empire. As buyers once more embody vintage cocktails just like the gimlet and the negroni, gin has reclaimed its position on this planet of mixology. that includes many engaging recipes, Gin is the suitable present for cocktail aficionados and someone who desires to recognize even if it may be shaken or stirred.

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