Few if any alcoholic drinks have the dramatic and multifaceted history of gin. It has served as a crucial medicine, a form of escapism, an inspiration for satirical art, and a source for the phrase ‘Dutch courage’.
This book charts the historic transformation of the beverage, revealing how a spirit once given a wide berth by the middle and upper classes became the measure of the moment. This fascinating history is garnished with classic cocktail recipes, tips for stirring up the perfect G & T and an introduction to the essential botanicals.
Written by Jane Peyton, award-winning writer and Principal of the School of Booze.
Every word counts with Jane – she manages to distil huge amounts of historical and scientific detail into very entertaining and pithy prose, bringing alive hundreds of years of history. I also thought I knew everything there was to know about gin – and her book has proved me wrong. Jane’s tone of voice is full of energy, enthusiasm and the passion to spread knowledge in a witty and engaging way – her writing is a delight. Kathy Caton, Founder of Brighton Gin.
The company she founded in 2008, School of Booze been named as one of London and South-East England’s Top 100 Businesses 2021. The South-East Business Awards are run in association with NatWest bank and Newsquest Media Group.
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