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Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean Hardcover – December 9, 2013
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But the other potent component in Jeff's tomes is his remarkable knowledge of history -- both of drinks and the countries and people who engendered them.
And if an award were given for the keenest, most perceptive, and best educated palate on the planet with regard to spirits and the various cocktails they haunt, the honor would go, hands down, to The Beachbum himself. And though he could easily found a university specializing in the study of potable potions and teach all the courses himself, this is all academic, if you'll pardon the pun, in the face of just how much FUN Jeff's books invariably are. And his newest is certainly no exception. In fact, he may well have outdone himself.
But though 'Potions Of The Caribbean' is a formidable achievement in alcoholic archeology, unearthing everything you could possibly want to know about the always fascinating, often violent history of rum and the countless elixirs it has inspired over a huge span of years, I can't help but feel this newest foray into the sweet/sour/strong/weak world of tropical cocktail concoctions is an unofficial sequel, of sorts, to 'Sippin' Safari', or certainly a deeper, wider extension of the groundwork previously laid out in that previous volume.Read more ›
The recipes are also typically sure-fire but the book is so well written it may take you some time to realize there ARE recipes.
The sections on the great Cuban mixologists of Havana's heyday, and on the history of (and fractious relationship between) Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic are worth the price of the book by themselves. On top of that, included are biographies of characters such as Joe Scialom, a bartender swaddled in Savile Row's finest bespoke suitings who also had the ear of statesmen, generals and monarchs, and narratives on pirates and colonists and explorers, etc., etc. ...it's a great book.
It'd make a GREAT series on Discovery or National Geographic, too.
I'm glad he has taken the time and effort to get all this history down so that one day, when Cuba is free again, they can pick up where they left off and we can all have one (worth having) in Havana.
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I bought this book for the drink recipes and as something to peruse while enjoying those recipes. Once I started reading, however I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 29 days ago by devin11
This book was featured in one of the magazines so I land up buying it. It has a nice history of famous tropical drinks and their famous Fathers :)
Relaxing and fun.
Jeff "Beachbum" Berry has outdone himself in this wonderful new book. Anyone who is into mixology and cocktails and their history will enjoy this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Rhodes
Nice fun recipes that not everyone would know. Many are rum based but there are other spirits in there too. Most of them don't require any crazy hard to find ingredients.Published 5 months ago by C. Seving
Addictive reading. A perfect blend of passion, history and legit cocktail recipes!Published 6 months ago by C. ONEAL