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.
book, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson journeys into gin’s past,
revealing that this spirit has played the role of both hero and villain
Taking us back to gin’s origins as a medicine derived from the
juniper berry, Solmonson describes how the Dutch recognized the
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
is the perfect gift for cocktail aficionados and anyone
who wants to know whether it should be shaken or stirred.
A Global History
by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson