It’s not exactly a secret that Winston Churchill enjoyed the occasional cocktail or two. However the legendary indulgences habits of the former Prime Minister are often blown out of proportion or simply untrue. Churchill: A Drinking Life: Champagne, Cognac, and Cocktails, written by Gin Sander and Roxanne Langer, is a historical text meant to answer many of the questions that still persist about Churchill’s drinking habits. Moreover, the book serves as a historical document giving readers an inside look into the political and social life of Winston Churchill.
Churchill: A Drinking Life is split into four sections – Drink Choices, Drinking Companions, Drinking Spots, and Drink Recipes – with plenty of details sourced from firsthand accounts like Churchill’s own journals and writings. Moreover, the authors uncover facts from the memoirs of Churchill’s family members, aids, nurses, and more to paint a full picture of the man.
Ultimately, Churchill: A Drinking Life confirms the fact that Churchill was no stranger to booze. But, he was also a practitioner of moderation opting for smaller sips spread throughout the day. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend using this book as a guide to living your life, it does offer useful context for the infamous libations of a key historical figure. The hardcover version of Churchill: A Drinking Life: Champagne, Cognac, and Cocktails is available to purchase now for $20.