Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history. No matter where you go on earth, there is a local bootleg liquor, whether it’s white lightning, chang’aa, or hjemmebrent.
In Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press), Kevin R. Kosar tells the colorful and, at times, blinding history of moonshine, which features a crazy cast of crusading lawmen, clever tinkerers, sly smugglers, ruthless gangsters, pontificating poets, mountain men, beleaguered day-laborers and foolhardy frat boys.
Here’s the first of what i’m hoping is many quick video updates from Tales of the Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans. Crown Royal threw a birthday bash, complete with cocktails and cupcakes. Canadian whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, drops in to offer a few words.
Earlier this year I returned to London for Gin Festival and I lived to tell the tale in the latest episode of The Drinkable Globe.
As if bartending weren’t a high-pressure gig in and of itself, imagine racing against a countdown clock to mix a high-quality craft cocktail for folks scrutinizing your every move. That’s the scene at the Call for Cocktails Mixology competition at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 74th annual convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Here’s a quick look:
A few words with David Solomon, importer of Brod Irish Whiskey and Golia Mongolian vodka.