Colonial Spirits

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Guys can be so hard to shop for. But this would be a great gift idea for many of the guys on your holiday shopping list!

Here’s a gift for the history-minded guy – or the booze-loving guy! – in your life: author Steven Grasse’s new book,Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History.

With Hamilton cleaning up at the Tony’s and an election year drawing attention to the founding principles of our nation, there has never been more timely interest in the real, warts-and-all lives of the men and women who created this country. And with that comes the question that a lot of us never thought to ask in history class: what the heck did they drink??

The answer is: a LOT. And that’s just what Grasse explores inColonial Spirits.

Running across a rough timeline of 1600 through 1776,Colonial Spirits finds a surprising series of answers, and does one better by adapting over 50 centuries-old folk recipes to today’s bar and kitchen. Along the way, we also get a rough history of colonial life and folkways, all through the lens of alcohol.  With over 150 illustrations and more historical bon mots than your favorite podcast,Colonial Spirits is a treatise on the earliest flowerings of America’s greatest loves: Booze, and freedom.

This post is part of the Budget Savvy Diva Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – make sure to check it out! Disclaimer – This product was provided for free so I could get some great photos and add it to this list. Nothing is posted that I have not checked out myself. Everything on this list is something I would buy myself.