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By Mark Spivak

Over the previous decade, the cocktail tradition has exploded throughout the United States. Bars and lounges became the Broadway theater of mixology, with bartenders resurrecting vintage pre-Prohibition cocktails and excellent clients with their creations. shoppers, in flip, are recreating those cocktails at domestic, and spending exceptional quantities on upscale bar equipment. With an increasing number of emphasis on caliber components, the variety of small-batch spirits is expanding forever, and craft distilling has turn into renowned as an offshoot of the locavore circulation. In Iconic Spirits, Mark Spivak, wine and spirits guru and host of the NPR express Uncorked!, explores the historical past and cultural importance of twelve iconic spirits and divulges how moonshine invented NASCAR; how gin virtually toppled the British Empire; how a drink that tastes like castor oil flavored with tree bark turned one of many sexiest issues on the earth; how cognac grew to become the "it" drink of hip-hop tradition, and masses extra. To best all of it off, Spivak then deals the main tantalizing cocktail recipes from the period during which each one spirit used to be invented.

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