Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History

Mark Spivak

Over the prior decade, the cocktail tradition has exploded throughout the US. Bars and lounges became the Broadway theater of mixology, with bartenders resurrecting vintage pre-Prohibition cocktails and outstanding consumers with their creations. shoppers, in flip, are recreating those cocktails at domestic, and spending extraordinary quantities on upscale bar equipment. With an increasing number of emphasis on caliber constituents, the variety of small-batch spirits is expanding forever, and craft distilling has develop into renowned as an offshoot of the locavore circulate. In Iconic Spirits, Mark Spivak, wine and spirits guru and host of the NPR convey Uncorked!, explores the historical past and cultural importance of twelve iconic spirits and divulges how moonshine invented NASCAR; how gin nearly toppled the British Empire; how a drink that tastes like castor oil flavored with tree bark turned one of many sexiest issues on the earth; how cognac turned the "it" drink of hip-hop tradition, and masses extra. To best all of it off, Spivak then deals the main tantalizing cocktail recipes from the period during which every one spirit was once invented.

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