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Today’s Celebrating Indie Publishing features a brilliant book that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and I am so thrilled to share an extract from Rebellious Spirits with you.

Rebellious Spirits was published by Elliot and Thompson on 19th April 2018 and is available to purchase now via:

Amazon UK
Book Depository

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A delicious taste of the secret, exciting and often dangerous history of illicit spirits

Britain has always been a nation of enthusiastic drinkers. Any attempt to regulate, limit or ban our favourite tipple has been met with imaginative and daring acts of defiance: selling gin through pipes in a London back alley; smuggling brandy across Cornish clifftops; or dodging bombs and shrapnel running whisky in the Blitz.

The history of spirits in Britain has more illicit in it than licit – and that history has shaped these isles. Packed with wild stories, as well as authentic recipes from the past, Rebellious Spirits reveals the colourful characters and tall tales behind Britain’s long and lively love affair with booze.

The extract that I have to share with you today is on wartime cocktails, so sit back and enjoy!

We’ll Drink Again extract – Rebellious Spirits by Ruth Ball

It wasn’t just alcoholic drinks that were in short supply: production had stopped of most fizzy drinks and cordials too, leading to a terrible shortage of mixers for long drinks. Creativity and substitution came into their own here as well. No lime cordial to make a gimlet? Try a teaspoonful of lime curd! None of that either? Luckily the Ministry of Food were offering a recipe that made the best of a limited supply of citrus and egg to make an economy curd.

Lemon Curd:

1oz margarine; 1 level tablespoonful cornflour; 1 lemon (2, if small); ¼ pint water; 5oz granulated sugar; 1 egg

Peel the rind off the lemons, put into the water and bring to the boil. Beat the egg and cornflour, add the lemon juice and strain the boiling water over. Return to the pan, add the sugar and stir over heat 3 mins. Add the margarine and stir it in well, bottle immediately.

Ministry of Food advisory (1943)


For the gimlet:

2 tsp lime curd (you can make the wartime curd below, or use shop-bought)

25ml water

50ml gin

Spoon the lime curd into the bottom of a short tumbler and add the water slowly, stirring well as you do. Add the gin and give it another good stir, then add ice and serve. It’s not quite the same as it was before the war, but it’s not too bad.

For the lime curd:

Zest and juice of 2 limes

150ml water

1 egg

1 tbsp cornflour

150g sugar

30g margarine

Put the lime zest and water into a large pan and bring to the boil. While it is coming to the boil, beat the egg and sprinkle over the cornflour a little at a time, stirring continuously to prevent lumps. Then add the juice of both limes, a little at a time. Once the water has boiled, pass it through a sieve into a jug, then immediately add it to the egg while stirring. Transfer everything back to the pan and add the sugar. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then bring back to the boil and simmer for 3 mins. Mix in the margarine and then bottle as for carrot marmalade (see page 188), or simply pour into a small bowl for immediate use.

Technically, for authenticity, your margarine should be made of whale oil; but since this is both disgusting and now illegal, it is fine to stick with something based on vegetable oil.

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