Four journalists collaborate on a book about rum, its history and how Cuba played a role in its global success.
Who really invented the Daiquiri and the Mojito, the world’s most beloved rum drinks? Is it true that Christopher Columbus brought the first sugar cane seedlings to Cuba? What makes authentic Cuban rum different from all others? Spirits historians Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown explore the birth of Cuban rum and the inseparable relationship it has with the Cuban people and their culture in Cuba: The Legend of Rum.
Rum was not invented by African slaves, who were forced to work on sugar cane plantations throughout the Caribbean. Rather, the birth of this New World spirit traces its lineage to Brazil and southeast Asia. And as the authors discovered, Cuban rum was a child of the Industrial Revolution, taking advantage of technologies that improved the quality, taste, and appearance of this versatile cocktail ingredient.
This full-color, illustrated book also details the history of Cuba’s famed bars and bartenders, the cantineros, as well as the stories behind such classic Cuban cocktails as the Daiquiri, Mojito, Cuba Libre, and Mary Pickford. Find out how to conduct a tasting of fine, authentic Cuban rums. Discover Cuban rum’s relationship to the Cuban people in their music and their religion.
If you’re a lover of history, cocktails and cane spirits, this book is for you. Get it at Amazon.com.