This section is from the book "The Manufacture Of Liquors, Wines, And Cordials, Without The Aid Of Distillation", by Pierre Lacour. Also available from Amazon: Manufacture of Liquors, Wines, and Cordials, Without the Aid of Distillation.
All subjects affecting the interests of society generally nave been discussed and examined, and all questions within the range of importance, have been adequately illustrated; and whence the neglect of a matter of as much importance as the following pages, it is difficult to conceive.
Thousands have acquired wealth from a knowledge of this business; and have passed from the stage of action, without leaving to the world the marks of their progress and improvements; and all previous works upon the Manufacture of Liquors were vague and unsatisfactory, furnishing no reliable information to warrant a speculative investment; for persons possessing really valuable information upon this subject, have found a greater remuneration in manufacturing than in publishing.
But few of the dram-drinking masses are acquainted with the modus operandi of a business, which affects, to no inconsiderable extent, both health and wealth, and that their own ignorance has often tested the strength of their constitutions, through the medium of "A pure old Article," or, "A choice old Brand;" and hence, the obvious necessity of a work upon this subject will not be denied, thus removing many popular errors regarding the production of liquors; and the dissemination of such knowledge would crush the cupidity of manufacturers, and articles of spirit so often found in commerce, containing deleterious adulterations, would disappear, which would strip intemperance of many of its attendant calamities.
It will be observed that the recipes throughout this work are those only that comprehend the manufacture of liquors, etc, that are usually met with in commerce, and the reader comes at once to the process and its productions; these formulas have been employed by all of the most extensive manufacturing establishments in Europe; and added to these recipes, are all of the recent improvements that have been suggested by chemistry.
It will be seen that the articles used in the formation of liquors, etc, mentioned in this work, are powerful stimulants to the digestive organs, constituting medicated drams that invigorate the whole system.
It will be noticed that the work contains numerous extemporaneous recipes, and in view of their non-availability under all circumstances the apparatus will be found both economical and simple
New Orleans, October 1st, 1853.