The Golden Elixir of the West

Whiskey and the Shaping of America

Book Description

An insider's look at the iconic drink and its role in shaping the American West

Distilleries are the new microbreweries, cropping up all over the West and producing brands that emulate the predecessors that were made in copper stills by emigrants and served in saloons and dance halls. This history of the spirit and its origins and migration across the country—and its place in shaping the West—celebrates the story of the golden elixir through first-hand accounts, evocative photographs, and historic cocktail recipes.

About Monahan, Sherry

SHERRY MONAHAN is the author of The Cowboy’s Cookbook; Frontier Fare: Recipes & Lore from the Old West; and Mrs. Earp: Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers. She also writes a monthly food column for True West.
David and Jane Perkins have lived in Park City, Utah, since 2004. In 2008 their High West distillery became the first legal distillery in Utah since the 1870s.