Smuggling Booze and Aliens from Cuba to Florida during Prohibition (article)

Lindquist Dorr, Lisa. “Bootlegging Aliens: Unsanctioned Immigration and the Underground Economy of Smuggling from Cuba during Prohibition.” Florida Historical Quarterly 93, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 44–73. On the smuggling of illegal immigrants and liquor from Cuba to Florida during the 1920s. Among other things, explains: “When profits from booze became risky and the passage of the most stringent immigration restriction law in 1924 increased the number of desperate immigrants . . . , “bootlegging aliens” . . . quickly expanded as an alternative source of profit for smugglers” (46). And: “European makers of cognac, whiskey, scotch, gin, vodka, wine and champagne shipped thousands of cases of liquor to ports like Havanna, knowing that they would eventually end up as contraband in the United States” (49).

Gin, glorious gin (book review)

Sinclair McKay, book review in London Telegraph, 26 August 2014, Olivia Williams, Gin, Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London.



Gin on the rise to beat vodka as spirit of the age in UK

Gin has begun to replace vodka for, among others, young professional women.  There are brands such as Sipsmith, Tanqueray, Miller’s, Bloom, Williams Chase, Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s, Beefeater 24, and many new artisan gins.  This may be the second gin craze.

For gin history, see Thea Bennett, London Gin: The Gin Craze (Golden Guides Press, 2013).

‘The Book Of Gin’ Distills A Spirited History (NPR interview)

NPR interview with Richard Barnett, author of The Book of Gin.

NPR provides links to related past stories such as one about a modest revival of rye, the preferred whiskey in the United States before National Prohibition when corn-based bourbon replaced it.