Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain

Ruth Ball

A scrumptious historical past of the key, intriguing and infrequently risky global of illicit spirits

For so long as spirits have existed, there was a person doing whatever rather naughty with them: promoting gin via pipes in a London again alley; status protect on a Cornish clifftop expecting a smuggler’s sign; or dodging bombs and shrapnel operating whisky within the Blitz. it's a historical past that's exciting, completely interesting and uniquely British.

Packed jam-packed with old recipes, from Milk Punch to a Wartime Martini, besides cocktails fromcontemporary bartenders, Rebellious Spirits is a treasure trove for the curious drinker.

From the gin disbursed from a cat’s paw on the Puss and Mew store that may were the world’s first merchandising desktop, to complete funeral cortèges staged simply to movement a coffin packed with whisky, the tales blow their own horns the entire tremendous wit and ingenuity required to stick one drink sooner than the legislation. The accompanying recipes are only as interesting: How did we drink gin sooner than tonic? was once punch particularly made with curdled milk? Or breakfast served with brandy porridge, and gin combined into sizzling ale? What did the earlier quite flavor like?

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