Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies
Would you like to better appreciate fine distilled spirits? Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies is your complete guide to selecting and enjoying this family of noble beverages, flavor by flavor. From whiskey, rum, and brandy to vodka, gin, and cordials, this handy reference traces the history of distilled spirits, explains how they are made, and shows you how to evaluate, serve, and savor them.
Ever wonder why the Irish spell it “whiskey” and the Scottish “whisky”? This friendly book tells you as it reveals where the first whiskeys — or “dark” spirits — originated and how they came to the United States. It also explores the origins of clear spirits and the different varieties of each. You’ll compare American and European vodkas, see how to make the new and improved all-purpose Martini, and follow the spread of flavored rums across the globe. A slew of sidebars give you fascinating tidbits of information about these spirits. You’ll also discover how to:
Become a sophisticated taster
Shop for the best spirits
Select the right mixers
Use spirits in cooking
Make ten classic cocktails
Choose and taste cordials and liqueurs
Know the nutrients in one serving of each type of distilled spirit
Present spirits to guests
Set up tasting events at home
This thorough guide also features recipes for cooking with spirits, offering menu choices such as entrees, vegetables, and desserts that all include at least one type of spirit. Complete with an appendix of craft distillers across the United States, Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies will give you the knowledge and hands-on guidance you need to become a connoisseur of such greats as fine Scotch, Bourbon, and Cognac in no time!
Part I: Entering the Spirits World.
Chapter 1: Discovering Distilled Spirits.
Chapter 2: How Distilled Spirits Are Created.
Chapter 3: Enjoying Spirits.
Part II: Whiskeys from Around the World.
Chapter 4: Sipping the Irish Whiskeys.
Chapter 5: Saluting the Scots.
Chapter 6: American Cousins: Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.
Chapter 7: More Whiskeys from America and Other Parts of the World.
Chapter 8: Channeling the Canadians.
Part III: Surfing the White Waters: A Guide to "Clear" Spirits.
Chapter 9: Getting the Goods on Gin.
Chapter 10: Vodka: Toasting the Russians.
Chapter 11: Tequila: Unearthing the Aztecs.
Chapter 12: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum.
Part IV: Enjoying the "After Dinner" Specials.
Chapter 13: Cultivating Brandy.
Chapter 14: Collecting Cordials, Lining Up Liqueurs.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten (or so) Classic Spirits Cocktails.
Chapter 16: Ten Spirited Dishes.
Chapter 17: Ten Nutrition Profiles of Alcohol Beverages.
Chapter 18: Ten (or so) Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking.