This 800+ page reference is compiled by an impressive list of authorities in the realms of distilled alcohol, overseen by an editorial team known for its rigorous pursuit of history and deep curiosity.
With entries on everything from significant bartenders, once-popular cocktails, regionally popular spirits, mixology techniques, and ingredients to legendary bars, significant brands and producers, distillation processes, and public policies, The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails is a significant and essential resource.
Plus, it's fascinating, full of personalities, forgotten concoctions, and entries such as two pages devoted to the science of the use of ice. It's easy to lose oneself in this book.
Hardcover. Black-and-white photos; color insert.