This year's batch of cocktail and spirits books - all put together in one big list to make your gift list (or your own wish list) easy to see.
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
A look at some new flavored tonic waters found at a bar show in Europe.
We go through a lot of bottles in the beverage industry, and most of them go into the recycling bin or worse, the trash. However a few companies have designed bottles specifically to keep some of the glass out of the trash can for at least one more use.
Making tonic water with purified quinine and extracts.
If you're making or drinking a lot of homemade tonic water, beware of cinchonism, a condition caused by a buildup of quinine.
In the June/July issue of Saveur Magazine, I have a bunch of drink stories. The biggest, longest one, which took me a few months of research to put together, is on the Gin & Tonic.
I'm reading a bunch of books on malaria and quinine to try to track down the true origins of the Gin & Tonic. The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah is the most modern book I have that tackles the issue of malaria. The first chapter deals with how the parasite lives between the mosquito and humans and how it evolved over the years. The second chapter reveals the spread of the disease to the New World, in part assisted by the slave trade. In the next, the author looks at the ecology (mosquito...
The first part of the book The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People by Robert S. Desowitz isn't about malaria at all but a similar disease kala azar. As my interest is in malaria (actually, quinine that treats malaria and ends up in tonic water), I skipped that whole first section. In the first chapter of that section the author tells the tale of a woman dying in a small village near Burma. The next tells of the study of malaria in monkeys versus humans in the 1960s. The following talks about the history of the disease (in a...