The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails
Over 900 pages and 10 years in the making, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails is the first major reference work to cover the subject from a global perspective, and provides an authoritative, enlightening, and entertaining overview of this third branch of the alcohol family. It will stand alongside the bestselling The Oxford Companions to Wine and Beer, presenting an in-depth exploration of the world of spirits and cocktails in a groundbreaking synthesis.
The book covers drinks, processes, and techniques from around the world. It provides clear explanations of the different ways that spirits are produced, including fermentation, distillation, and ageing, alongside a wealth of new detail on the emergence of cocktails and cocktail bars, including entries on key cocktails and influential mixologists and cocktail bars. With entries ranging from Manhattan and mixology to sloe gin and stills, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails combines coverage of the range of spirit-based drinks around the world and the history and culture of their consumption. It is the ultimate guide to understanding what is in your glass.
The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails is lavishly illustrated throughout, and appendices include a timeline of spirits and distillation and a guide to mixing drinks.