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Lost Recipes of Prohibition

Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual
Matthew Rowley
Book cover for Lost Recipes of Prohibition by Matthew Rowley
Nominated for a James Beard Award, more than 100 secret and forgotten formulas for illicit booze

American Prohibition was far from watertight. If you knew the right people, or the right place to go, you could get a drink—most likely a variation of the real thing, made by blending smuggled, industrial alcohol or homemade moonshines with extracts, herbs, and oils to imitate the aroma and taste of familiar spirits. Most of the illegal recipes were written out by hand and secretly shared. The “lost recipes” in this book come from one such compilation, a journal hidden within an antique book of poetry, with 300 entries on making liquors, cordials, absinthe, bitters, and wine.

Lost Recipes of Prohibition features more than 70 pages from this notebook, with explanations and descriptions for real and faked spirits. Readers will also find historic and modern cocktails from some of today's leading bartenders.

June 2017
7.9 x 9.8 | 256pp | Paperback |
Full-color illusrations throughout
$19.95 (US)
$25.95 (CA)
About the Author
Matthew Rowley is a former museum curator who specializes in folk distilling and the manufacture and distribution of illicit spirits. His work has appeared in Whisky Advocate, Distiller, and other publications. The author of Moonshine!, he lives in California.