This is a different kind of cocktail book. It is a mix of short war stories and original cocktails.
Scuttlebutt is a military term for rumors being spread around. It is usually based on something real, but as it spreads, it becomes embellished. Sometimes, the truth is completely lost to history, but the stories continue.
Half of it is war stories over the last three millennia about warriors from around the world. Uncommon tales about famous people like Scipio Africanus and Colonel Benjamin Franklin. Others are heroes you don't know but should, like Jan Kubiš, Trondheim, and Boudica. This isn't a history book, it's just the kinds of scuttlebutt you hear when drinking in the military.
The second half is original cocktails created as tributes to their stories. Each recipe includes two additional variations. The "Trench Edition" provides easy substitutions using common ingredients because you shouldn't have to own a bar to enjoy a quality cocktail. The "Garrison Edition" tells you exactly how to make the drink sweeter. There are more than 90 recipes to keep you busy.
Drinking and telling stories have been a big part of my life, and I hope you enjoy both of them while reading this book.