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Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them
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Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them

Title: Potions of the Caribbean
Author: Jeff Berry
Publisher: Cocktail Kingdom
When Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbean, he thought he'd reached China. Drinkwise, he landed on another planet. Fifteenth-century Spanish sailors were accustomed to voyaging with stale water and sour wine; here, they slaked their thirst with the juice of bizarre, extra-terrestrial fruits like guava and papaya. Most wondrous of all was a beverage brewed from a plant of such rare and singular flavor, its pod seeds were used as currency by the natives: in this strange, alien world, money actually did grow on trees.
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