My husband and I are trying to take ourselves on a culinary tour of one of my favorite drinks – whiskey! Take a look around some of the cocktail recipes on my blog, and you’ll see I am quite smitten with this pre-prohibition era spirit!
I am also a history buff and visual junkie, so when I stumbled upon this book – The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, Through 100 Iconic Labels – I thought it would be a fun coffee table addition to share with friends and leisurely read through. When the book arrived I was wowed by the quality of the images and my “leisurely read” turned into a page by page read along between my husband and I!
We had a blast reading this book together and I’m not gonna lie, this book inspired about two bottles of whiskey’s worth of cocktails, haha. The author is very engaging and humorous in the way he shares his insights and historical tid-bits, and even the brief excerpts attached to images are fun to read. I thought I was fairly well versed in “whiskey lore”, but found that I learned quite a bit in just the first few pages.
I was particularly fascinated learning the history of Old Forester Whiskey, the first glass bottled whiskey in America and one of the only whiskies that survived the prohibition, and my hubby and I went out to buy and try a bottle – and now we have a new favorite! So along with the book, I’d recommend that particular whiskey to read along to! <3
Is my description of the book lacking? (Probably.) Check out this book description from Amazon.com:
A visual history of American whiskey, as told through hundreds of whiskey bottle labels, from early, pre-Prohibition-era days to the present.
Just as wine is to the French or beer is to the Germans, whiskey–especially bourbon and rye–is an integral part of the history and culture of the United States. The Art of American Whiskey traces the arc of this beloved, renowned spirit–from its earliest days in the Colonial era, through the Civil War, Prohibition, Great Depression, and up to the current craft-distilling boom. Illustrated with 100 full-color modern and historic labels from the most iconic bottles ever made, The Art of American Whiskey is an instant collectible and a fantastic gift for any whiskey enthusiast or design lover. Captions, sidebars, profiles and short histories tell the story of the pioneers and places behind the labels, and each chapter features era-appropriate recipes from all-star bartenders and cocktail experts that will tickle any tippler’s fancy.