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And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten by Wayne Curtis

By Wayne Curtis

One spirit, Ten cocktails, and 4 Centuries of yank History

And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously interesting tale of the US as noticeable during the backside of a consuming glass. With a bankruptcy for every of ten cocktails—from the grog sailors drank at the excessive seas within the 1700s to the mojitos of recent membership hoppers—Wayne Curtis finds that the homely spirit as soon as distilled from the economic waste of the exploding sugar exchange has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of latest global society.

Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yankee colonies, the place rum added either an inexpensive wallop and money for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of critical the United States, to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba, and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of Fifties the US. listed below are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere preventing for a nip in the course of his recognized journey, Prohibitionists marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving previous favorites like Planter’s Punch. In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum—once the swill of the typical man—has stumbled on its means into the tasting rooms of the main discriminating drinkers.

Awash with neighborhood colour and wry humor, And a Bottle of Rum is an affectionate toast to this so much American of liquors, a chameleon spirit that has been always reinvented over the centuries through tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising and marketing experts. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often historical past at its so much intoxicating.

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The rebels also captured nearly all the enemy’s horses, with their commander taking Ball’s abandoned, spirited steed, renaming it after its former owner, who soon left active service. Although their commander was intent on dispersing the 50 Loyalists at Black River Church, many of Marion’s men were anxious to check on their families; Marion asked that they return to him as soon as possible. Leaving the wounded at the “Red House,” Marion set off for Britton’s Ferry, riding for another 26 miles before halting.

While most tried to demonize an irregular enemy, the local population generally had a more nuanced view, and often sympathy, which also needed to be accommodated. With much of the anti-British sentiment in the Carolina backcountry stemming from an animosity to the religious authority wielded by the Anglican Church, Presbyterians and other religious “dissenters” were viewed with disapproval, aversion, and discrimination. As Marion’s area of operations contained a majority of these immigrant descendants, harnessing revolutionary fervor was seldom an issue, and those initially standing neutral were often pushed toward the rebel camp as a result of the overly aggressive, and sometimes justifiable, actions of some British commanders, although the use of terror to intimidate the population was seldom beneficial to either side’s long-term military or political goals.

Unlike Sumter, Marion fretted over details regarding assault preparation, reconnaissance, and coordination as he formulated a plan for his untested command. Quietly crossing to the Santee’s right bank that night, he ordered Hugh Horry to take a 16-man detachment from the Cheraws District Regiment to the ford across the swampy Horse Creek tributary to block any enemy withdrawal toward Camden. Marion led the remainder behind the “Blue House,” where the oaks, cedars, and dense foliage running along a fence provided concealment.

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