IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES

9780802120434

The Book of Gin A Spirited World History from Alchemists' Stills and Colonial Outposts to Gin Palaces, Bathtub Gin, and Artisanal Cocktails

by
  • ISBN13:

    9780802120434

  • ISBN10:

    0802120431

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-12-04
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $24.00 Save up to $1.20
  • Buy New
    $22.80

    USUALLY SHIPS IN 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

Summary

Gin has been a drink of kings infused with crushed pearls and rose petals, and a drink of the poor flavored with turpentine and sulfuric acid. Born in alchemists’ stills and monastery kitchens, its earliest incarnations were juniper flavored medicines used to prevent plague, ease the pains of childbirth, even to treat a lack of courage. In The Book of Gin, Richard Barnett traces the life of this beguiling spirit, once believed to cause a “new kind of drunkenness.” In the eighteenth century, gin-craze debauchery (and class conflict) inspired Hogarth’s satirical masterpieces “Gin Lane” and “Beer Street.” In the nineteenth century, gin was drunk by Napoleonic War naval heroes, at lavish gin palaces, and by homesick colonials, who mixed it with their bitter anti-malarial tonics. In the early twentieth century, the illicit cocktail culture of prohibition made gin – often dangerous bathtub gin—fashionable again. And today, with the growth of small–batch distilling, gin has once-again made a comeback. Wide-ranging, impeccably researched, and packed with illuminating stories, The Book of Gin is lively and fascinating, an indispensible history of a complex and notorious drink.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Murder of Mrs. Atkinsonp. 1
Living Waterp. 7
Rough Spiritsp. 40
The Infernal Principlep. 81
From Chinchón to Martinezp. 118
The Silver Bulletp. 146
Epilogue: Gin Renaissancep. 181
Selected Textsp. 189
The Hogarth Samplerp. 222
Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 253
Acknowledgementsp. 261
Indexp. 263
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review