• And a Bottle of Rum

  • A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
  • By: Wayne Curtis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously entertaining story of America as seen through the bottom of a drinking glass. With a chapter for each of 10 cocktails, Wayne Curtis reveals that the homely spirit once distilled from the industrial waste of the exploding sugar trade has managed to infiltrate every stratum of New World society.

Curtis takes us from the taverns of the American colonies - where rum delivered both a cheap wallop and cash for the Revolution - to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of Central America, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of 1950s America. Here are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere stopping for a nip during his famous ride, Prohibitionists marching against "demon rum", Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today's bartenders reviving old favorites like Planter's Punch.

Awash with local color and wry humor, And a Bottle of Rum is an affectionate toast to this most American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been constantly reinvented over the centuries by tavern keepers, bootleggers, lounge lizards, and marketing gurus.

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©2007 Wayne Curtis (P)2016 Tantor
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"[A] charming barhop through cultural history." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The best Alcohol history yet written

This is the most fun and engaging history lesson I've ever been given. The audio narration adds surprising depth and levity that keeps it interesting. a great book for work commutes.

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So much information I listened to it twice already

I really enjoyed this book. There truly is so much information. I find myself going back and referring to it often. It has given me multiple places to start my own research. I'm sure it won't be long before I listen to it again.

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Fun history of rum

Witty and interesting history of rum with a great guide of different rums at the end.

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Situation-preparing for a certification specialty in Spirits

My first Audible, and so useful for my purpose. I can think of no higher praise, to my mentality of academic style thinking, than than I now need this book in print for research!! The narrator was well prepared and appropriately expressive, and as I am a neophyte, the recipes were all informative.

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excellent story, odd choice of narrator.

what a fun and excellent read. the book uses cocktails and interesting characters as a frame for the history of rum, and the book does not overwhelm the reader with small details or snobbery. I do have to note that while the narrator did a serviceable job, I don't know if his younger, brighter voice and his plain, monotone narrating style was a proper fit for the book. it's not that the narration itself is poor, I just would've rather had a darker, deeper, maybe smokier voice. if Mike Chamberlain's voice was a rum, he certainly would be a powerful, pure agricole.

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An American view of rum and it's history

If your just intrested in sociology drink history you're in the right place. If you want to know more about the history of rum itself you're in the right place. If you just want a few good rum drink ideas and directions on how to make them you're in the right place. If all that sounds good to you, buy the book

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Get the history and a tune up

Rum can lead you down many paths. This book fleshes our many of those areas while still giving you a broad over view of rums history. It also promises as a guide to many of the different styles, Nd what is and is not rum. I have read a few rum books in the past and while many are reasonable this one is what I would now recomment.

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Extraordinary

I will never look at Rum the same way! Really interesting and fun book. Yo ho ho!

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Informative, but lots of tangents

"*AND* a Bottle of Rum" is an apt title, as the book contains a lot of general history that to me seemed to drag on at times. That being said, there's a lot of great insight to be gained from this book, and it's definitely worth a listen.

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Really interesting!

If you like your booze with some history or vise versa this is a book for you.