Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History

Published by Lyons Press (Globe Pequot)
Hardcover, $16.95; Kindle, $9.99

A fascinating portrait of twelve spirits that changed the world and forged the cocktail culture

What's the relationship between moonshine and NASCAR?

Why was absinthe considered to be the most dangerous substance on earth?

How did a pile of juniper berries almost destroy the British Empire?

How did a homeless man become one of the wealthiest people in America?

Writing in an engaging and appealing style, Mark Spivak explore the untold tales behind the world's greatest spirits. "These are the best types of stories---the kind a writer could never make up."

What they’re saying:

"It's like sitting in a bar at closing time, listening to a good friend tell stories. You never want it to end."
Louis Marmon, wine and spirits writer, Washington, D.C.

”Even teetotalers might want to learn about what they’re missing."
Scott Eyman, Palm Beach Post

"Mr. Spivak even manages to make a tasting of Canadian Club sound like he's eating a decadent hot fudge sundae...Packed with interesting anecdotes, stories and trivia, Iconic Spirits provides a riveting look at the history behind the hooch."
Renee C. Fountain, Bookfetish.org

"I could not put this book down. It cost me a night's sleep...What a wonderful read for you or a gift for others."
Ken Schechet, Amazon.com