Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South by Robert F. Moss
Ask almost anyone to name a uniquely Southern drink, and bourbon and mint juleps—perhaps moonshine—are about the only beverages that come up. But what about rye whiskey, Madeira wine, and fine imported Cognac? Or peach brandy, applejack, and lager beer? Southern Spirits is the first book to tell the full story of liquor, beer, and wine in the American South.
Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South goes deep into the history of the region, from the period when British colonists found themselves stranded in a new world without their native beer, to the 21st century, when classic spirits and cocktails of the pre-Prohibition South had come back into vogue. Along the way, the author challenges the stereotypes of Southern drinking culture, including the ubiquity of bourbon and the geographic definition of the South itself—a revealing look into the culture that has shaped the South and America as a whole.
• Author: Robert F. Moss
• Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
• 320 pages