By Wayne Curtis
One spirit, Ten cocktails, and 4 Centuries of yankee History
And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously pleasing tale of the United States as visible throughout the backside of a ingesting 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 contemporary membership hoppers—Wayne Curtis finds that the homely spirit as soon as distilled from the commercial waste of the exploding sugar alternate has controlled to infiltrate each stratum of recent global society.
Curtis takes us from the taverns of the yankee colonies, the place rum brought either an inexpensive wallop and funds for the Revolution, to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of significant the USA, 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 well-known trip, Prohibitionists marching opposed to “demon rum,” Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today’s bartenders reviving outdated favorites like Planter’s Punch. In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum—once the swill of the typical man—has came across 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 consistently reinvented over the centuries via tavern keepers, bootleggers, front room lizards, and advertising authorities. entire with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is often heritage at its such a lot intoxicating.
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About 500 qirsh were spent on removing dirt, “cleaning the nails” (naqawt mismar), wages of the workmen, builders and carpenters and the purchase of pots and cups for coffee, copper pots, brooms, bells, water jars, mats for the floor, pillows and blankets and meals for the workmen. The renovations began with the Masjid al-Aqsa, while preparations were under way for work in other places, including casting lead and making lead sheets, preparing to manufacture tiles, purchasing soil of various colors and building a furnace.
5 qirsh was paid to al-Sayyid Husayn Jarrad, the follower of janab Muhammad Ağa, the mutasallim of Gaza. 5 qirsh. 5 qirsh was paid to a person named Husayn al-Tahhan for training the draught animals in the mills, while a bonus of five qirsh was paid to a person (tuflaji) who travelled to the countryside to look for lime. 5 qirsh was paid to a North African worker who fell from the scaffold. Antwan al-Talhami was paid ten qirsh, seemingly to compensate for him also having fallen from the scaffold of the Masjid al-Aqsa; the project also celebrated on the day of his recovery, when sheep were butchered at a cost of twelve qirsh.
Plates of varying sizes or dimensions were recorded as qamari glass. In one case 2,457 pieces were purchased for 667 qirsh, while on another occasion one hundred pieces were purchased for twenty-seven qirsh, for an average price of around four pieces per qirsh. Qamari glass was used in the plaster windows in the Masjid al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock. A second type of glass was purchased by the qintar. It was ground up in the glass grinder or mill on the Haram and added to the mixture of the glazed tiles.
And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis