Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of by Andrew F. Smith

By Andrew F. Smith

A significant other to Andrew F. Smith's significantly acclaimed and well known consuming historical past: Thirty Turning issues within the Making of yank delicacies, this quantity recounts the contributors, components, organisations, controversies, and myriad occasions chargeable for America's different and complicated beverage scene. Smith revisits the country's significant ancient moments—colonization, the yank Revolution, the Whiskey uprising, the temperance move, Prohibition, and its repeal—and he tracks the expansion of the yankee beverage through the global. the result's an intoxicating stumble upon with a frequently disregarded point of yank tradition and international influence.

Americans have invented, followed, changed, and commercialized tens of millions of beverages—whether alcoholic or nonalcoholic, carbonated or caffeinated, hot or frozen, watery or thick, highly spiced or candy. those contain unusual cocktails, forms of espresso and milk, and such iconic creations as Welch's Grape Juice, Coca-Cola, root beer, and Kool-Aid. considering their production and merchandising have been marketers and environmentalists, bartenders and bottlers, politicians and lobbyists, geared up and unorganized criminals, teetotalers and drunks, German and Italian immigrants, savvy advertisers and gullible shoppers, prohibitionists and doctors, and daily americans in love with their brew.

Smith weaves a wild background packed with superb tales and reasons for such vintage slogans as "taxation with and with out representation;" "the lips that contact wine won't ever contact mine;" and "rum, Romanism, and rebellion." He reintroduces readers to Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and the colourful John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), and he rediscovers America's huge literary and cultural engagement with drinks and their dating to politics, identification, and well-being.

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Even so, the law remained on the books for the next thirty years, and molasses was openly smuggled into North America by respectable merchants—including John Hancock—who would later become leaders of the American Revolution. The Sugar Act, passed by the British in 1764, was intended to help defray the cost of the French and Indian War. It was less onerous than the Molasses Act passed thirty years earlier because it levied only 3 pence per gallon on imported molasses. However, the law provided for stronger enforcement, including sending British warships to American ports to enforce the collection of the import duty.

Merchants also profited by trading with French islands, including Martinique and Guadeloupe, after their capture by the British. New England began legally importing molasses from these former French possessions. 4 The most valuable boon to the colonies, however, was the elimination of their greatest and only real military threat—the French in Canada and the lands west of the Allegheny Mountains to the Mississippi, which after the war were potentially open for settlement. Lord Grenville proposed that Parliament of Great Britain levy a tax on North American imports of five products, the most important of which was molasses (from which New Englanders made rum).

In the harbor towns of North America, unsavory “grog shops” were frequented by sailors of all stripes. indb 29 27/09/12 10:04 AM An Essential Ingredient in American Independence Rum was quaffed in quantity by the less affluent and even slaves, when they could get it. ”20 This is not to say that wealthier and more sophisticated Americans did not also drink rum; but rather than drinking rum straight or watered down in the form of low-class grog, they served it in more “refined” ways, such as in punches that combined rum with citrus juices (orange, lemon, and lime).

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