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Gin: A Global History (Edible)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Gin's Medicinal Origins

2. Genever in the Low Countries

3. Gin in Britain: Colonialism, Gin Palaces, London Dry

5. Gin in America

6. Gin's Renaissance

Recipes

Appendix: A Selection of Gins Today

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861899248
Author:
Solmonson, Lesley Jacobs
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
167
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Bartending and Liquor
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wine » General
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wine » Wines of the World
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wines and Beer
Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking

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