This is an information-packed celebration of the world's most sophisticated aperitifs, most pleasurable digestifs and jazziest party drinks. Dave Broom takes you on a journey from the alchemist's laboratory, through medieval monasteries up to today's hi-tech distilleries. The supporting cast includes gods, monarchs, bootleggers, pirates, slave traders, spice merchants, the odd U.S. president and larger than life self-publicists. Weird and wonderful facts are backed up with detailed information on production and comprehensive tasting notes. The classic cocktails in each of the major categories of spirits are featured and the book concludes with expert advice on how to mix 100 of the best cocktails.