Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual

Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual

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A secret, handwritten collection of illicit booze recipesa€”hidden in a volume of poetry during the Prohibitiona€”annotated and explained in fascinating detail Nearly everyone has heard of bathtub gin, but how many people know what it really wasa€”or how to make it? During the height of the Prohibition, one anonymous physician compiled more than 200 recipes for a€œcompoundinga€ spirits, hiding the manuscript from authorities. By adding extracts, essences, and oils to plain old sugar moonshine, bootleggers would simulate the taste of gin, whiskey, cordials, rums, absinthesa€bbooze that was otherwise impossible to procure. The potential profits were staggering. This document fell into the hands of author Matthew Rowley, who became fascinated with the process of compounding and the historical events that lead to this mysterious and lucrative manuscript. In addition to annotating the actual pages of the book, Rowley provides a historical background, and gives his readers an overview of the process, updating some of the recipes for modern distillers, bartenders, and cocktail enthusiasts.53 See, for instance, Stanley Clisby Arthur, Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix a#39;Em (New Orleans: Harmanson, 1937). ... 64 Amy Bess Miller and Persis Fuller, The Best of Shaker Cooking (New York Collier Books, 1985), 413.

Title:Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual
Author:Matthew Rowley
Publisher:The Countryman Press - 2015-10-28


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