Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol
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A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day
Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day.
Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.
immigrants who were settling in the environs of Cincinnati—and no one else. Before, however, Longworth’s grand experiment to make a wine his fellow citizens would drink in preference to imports and whiskey failed, fate intervened—a neglected batch of the “strange strawberryish liquor” underwent secondary fermentation, resulting in a clear, effervescent wine, reminiscent of foxy champagne. Longworth sent for winemakers from the Champagne district of France to improve his product and, despite high
entrusted to his care, soon lost him his job. Thereafter he dedicated his hours to the cafés of the Latin Quarter, where he became part of the literary tourist trail. Visitors recorded sightings in their diaries; journalists went in search of him. He was a fixture well into the 1890s and might be spotted scribbling away with a glass of the good fairy on the table beside him. French painters were likewise entranced by absinthe and paid homage to their muse with portraits of absintheurs. Edouard
holds with scotch, and set sail for the Georgia coast. He dropped anchor in St. Catherine’s Sound and disposed of his cargo to a prearranged buyer for a price that covered the cost of his boat. Over the next three years, McCoy expanded his fleet, acquiring the J. B. Young, The M. M. Gardener, and his favorite, the schooner Arethusa. After the loss of his original boat, which was taken by the U.S. Coast Guard while under the command of a subordinate, he did all his business from international
issued an edict advising its inhabitants that they must fend for themselves. They made a last desperate appeal to the metropolis in AD 446—the province was being torn apart: “The barbarians drive us into the sea, and the sea drives us back to the barbarians. Between these, two deadly alternatives confront us—drowning, or slaughter.” But the appeal went unanswered, and thereafter Britain slipped back over the horizon into the Dark Ages. The principal tribes to profit from the collapse of Roman
something to clear the spirits between whiles, and keep out the wet and cold; alackaday! It would never do! We should never be able to . . . keep body and soul together.” The first critics of the gin craze, as it came to be known, were the brewers. Despite their new wonder product—porter—they were losing business to gin vendors. In 1726 they sponsored the publication of a satirical pamphlet—The Tavern Scuffle. The scuffle of the title was between Swell-Gut, a brewer, and Scorch-Gut, a gin