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The Craft Cocktail Compendium by Warren Bobrow

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Chapter 2

CRAFT CURATIVES

REVIVING, UPLIFTING LIBATIONS FROM THE APOTHECARY

BEFORE THE ADVENT OF MODERN MEDICINE, HOW DID ORDINARY PEOPLE—WITH MINIMAL ACCESS TO QUALIFIED DOCTORS—HEAL WHAT AILED THEM? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: THEY TURNED TO THEIR LOCAL PHARMACIST, OR APOTHECARY, WHO COULD ADMINISTER HEALING POTIONS TO THEIR PATIENTS (USUALLY IN VERY SMALL, CAREFULLY-MEASURED AMOUNTS). APOTHECARIES MANUFACTURED TINCTURES, BITTERS, ELIXIRS, AND TONICS FOR ALL KINDS OF AILMENTS; USING PRIMITIVE INGREDIENTS, SOME OF THESE RECIPES WERE OLD AS SPOKEN HISTORY. IN MANY CASES, THESE CURATIVE, HOMEMADE POTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN LACED WITH COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF DISTILLED ...

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