Southern Spirts covers the history of alcohol in the southern US states. The first colonies imported a lot of their alcohol, and created very rudimentary methods of making their own locally. This book takes a look at how these processes changed and improved over the years as people wanted better quality, easier access, or something new altogether.
It has taken me a while to read Southern Spirits, but it was definitely because of personal time restraints and not the content of the book. It is a fun niche read even if you don’t drink. It was interesting to see another aspect of history that isn’t talked about in text books. Most, if not all, of us know about Prohibition and moonshiners and settlers using alcohol to trade with Native Americans. But it is less common to read about how the different types of alcohol got their names, or how social views have changed back and forth over time. It is an easy read, and yet very informative. I have to point out that the recipes are not something I am interested in, nor do they use ingredients that are very common. So I cannot speak to that part of the book. Otherwise the book is great!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, all opinions here are my own.