Published in October 2015, Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain presents a delicious history of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits.
For as long as spirits have existed, there has been someone doing something really naughty with them: selling gin through pipes in a London back alley; standing guard on a Cornish clifftop waiting for a smuggler’s signal; or dodging bombs and shrapnel running whisky in the Blitz. It is a history that is thrilling, utterly fascinating and uniquely British.
Packed full of historical recipes, from Milk Punch to a Wartime Martini, along with cocktails from contemporary bartenders, Rebellious Spirits is a treasure trove for the curious drinker who wants to know how the past really tasted.
The combination of history and authentic recipes is a unique concept which will offer deep engagement with the stories. This concept is inspired by past work by Alchemist Dreams, including the Intoxicating Tales event which combined storytelling with complimentary cocktails. It is also the result of research into historical recipes which just kept turning up tales which demanded to be told.
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