By Andrew F. Smith

A spouse to Andrew F. Smith's significantly acclaimed and well known consuming background: Thirty Turning issues within the Making of yankee food, this quantity recounts the participants, materials, organisations, controversies, and myriad occasions liable for America's various and intricate beverage scene. Smith revisits the country's significant ancient moments—colonization, the yank Revolution, the Whiskey uprising, the temperance circulate, Prohibition, and its repeal—and he tracks the expansion of the yank beverage in the course of the global. the result's an intoxicating stumble upon with a frequently forgotten point of yankee tradition and worldwide influence.

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

Smith weaves a wild heritage choked with brilliant tales and motives for such vintage slogans as "taxation with and with no 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 substantial literary and cultural engagement with drinks and their courting to politics, id, and overall healthiness.

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17 Textbook discussions of “American” triangular trade state that ships from New England picked up molasses in the Caribbean and brought it to New England, where it was converted to rum. The rum was then shipped to Africa and traded for slaves, who were transported to the Caribbean. 18 The best estimate is that North American ships carried 145,000 slaves to the New World prior to 1808—slightly less than 5 percent of the total number of slaves transported on British ships. Although American rum was traded, it was inferior to rum made in the Caribbean or England.

The British tax on molasses contributed to the American Revolution. Rum was a key element in the slave trade, which enslaved millions of men, women, and children; slavery, in turn, was a major cause of the Civil War, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans died. Finally, drunkenness associated with rum was a precipitating factor in the rise of the temperance movement, which led to Prohibition in the twentieth century. indb 38 27/09/12 10:04 AM An Essential Ingredient in American Independence Postscript l Rum’s major selling point for most of American history was its low cost, and the rum was usually mixed with other ingredients.

Sugarcane, which has the highest sugar content of any plant, was cultivated mainly for the production of table sugar. Once cane is cut, however, it begins to ferment, and people who lived near and worked in cane fields drank mildly alcoholic cane-based beverages. In the seventeenth century, cane juice was subjected to distillation, a process that increases its alcohol content exponentially. By this processing of sugarcane, rum was born. The first steps in sugar manufacturing were to crush the cane to release its juice and boil the juice down to a thick syrup.

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