Ten thousand a year to make liquor was quite a sum in 1887!


(Excerpt from The Tallapoosa New Era, Dadeville, Alabama, January 6, 1887)

“Oh, yes, it is a good deal of an art to mix drinks properly,” said the barkeeper, as he set the cocktail on the mahogany and put fifteen cents in the drawer. “Some barkeepers make big wages too, because they can mix a drink in a fancy shape, but that’s nothing compared with what some men make that can mix the liquors themselves. Almost any man can put a little Augostura and syrup and whiskey in a glass and stir it up, but when a man can put some raisins and pure spirits and a few drugs in a barrel and make pretty good liquor, he’s an artist and a dandy. Those fellows come high, but the wholesalers have to have ’em.

I know one big liquor house in Chicago that pays a man $10,000 a year to make liquor for them. The other houses have tried to get him, but his firm won’t let him go. You take a man that can have the head of the hoase say to him at supper: ‘Casey & Curacoa want 100 barrels ’78 Maryland rye right off,’ and can go and make up the whole order out of the raw material and get it barreled by 6 in the morning, and he’s the life of the business; $10,000 a year ain’t much for him.” (Detroit Journal)

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

This book is a compilation of some of the funny and helpful tips from our past history. Some recipes and tips date back to 1770s. One or two sound a little dangerous and I would never try them myself, but I’ve included then in this book for their humorous and historical value. A few are useful, especially for our ‘green’ society today

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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