Doctors and Distillers | The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

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Alcohol and Medicine have an inextricably intertwined history, with innovations in each altering the path of the other. The story stretches back to ancient times, when beer and wine were used to provide nutrition and hydration, and were employed as solvents for healing botanicals. Over time, alchemists distilled elixirs designed to cure all diseases, monastic apothecaries developed mystical botanical liqueurs, traveling physicians concocted dubious intoxicating nostrums, and the drinks we’re familiar with today began to take form. In turn, scientists studied fermentation and formed the germ theory of disease, and developed an understanding of elemental gases and anesthetics. Modern cocktails like the Old-Fashioned, Gimlet, and Gin and Tonic were born as delicious remedies for diseases and discomforts. In Doctors and Distillers, cocktails and spirits expert Camper English reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same.

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Explore the fascinating intertwining of medicine and mixology in “Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails.” Uncover the centuries-old therapeutic journey of alcoholic beverages, from ancient remedies to modern elixirs. Delve into the healing properties, cultural anecdotes, and scientific revelations behind your favorite libations. Join us on a spirited adventure through time, where doctors and distillers collaborate to craft not just drinks, but remedies steeped in history.

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