Calling all spirit enthusiasts, wannabe mixologists and fans of aperitifs and digestifs... That's the Spirit! is here to guide and entertain you through the world of spirits and liqueurs, including whiskies both familiar and surprising, dangerous tequila and mezcal, gin and its Dutch counterpart genever, under-rated grappa, love-it-or-hate-it Bailey's, legendary absinthe and enough rum to make you book a flight to Jamaica immediately.
Behind this very well-stocked, virtual bar is author Jonathan Ray, who knows a thing or two about alcohol, being drinks editor of the Spectator.
Through his personal selection of the 100 most deliciously fascinating spirits and liqueurs in the world, he tells us all about the makers behind the drinks, what makes certain brands so enduring and fascinating, which famous drinkers had one glass too many, and what makes specific tipples taste so irresistible.
Among these 100 bottles are tips on your essential home cocktail kit, the world's best cocktail bars, which glassware is right for which drink, and the ultimate way to serve key spirits at home. Fans of Jonathan's best-selling Drink More Fizz! and all things alcoholic will love this invaluable excuse to drink spirits with style.
About the Author
Jonathan Ray is drinks editor of the Spectator. Prior to this he was drinks editor of GQ and spent many years as wine editor of the Daily Telegraph. He was also the anonymous Bar Spy for Imbibe magazine. He is the author of several books on wine - translated into over a dozen languages and with combined sales of almost 300,000 copies - including Drink More Fizz! published by Quadrille. As well as his regular drinks columns, he has written on food, travel, lifestyle and many other subjects for the Spectator, the Guardian, Decanter, the New Statesman, the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.
'Whether you are a well-versed spirits enthusiast, or someone who wants to know how to set up a home bar, this book is a worthy resource.' - Angela Hansberger, Atlanta Journal-Constitution