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For thousands of years man and womankind celebrated major
events — religious and secular — by having a taste or even
two of a fermented beverage that contained alcohol. Things got
even tastier around 800 CE — the height of development of the
Moorish culture. That’s when a brilliant alchemist in the perpetual
search for a way to turn lead into gold attempted to urge the
release of the “essence” of various fruits and grains. The result was
not only better than anything ever enjoyed before, but it also could
be repeated over and over again.
That brilliant alchemist had found distillation. The art of making
the most noble of beverages was created by nature and perfected
by men and women. This book is dedicated to giving you a full
explanation of distillation from the simplest and most popular
spirit (vodka) to the most complicated (whiskey and brandy).
No, Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies definitely won’t tell you how to
set up your very own still in the basement (or bathtub) so that you
can whip up a batch of your very own whiskey, gin, vodka, Tequila,
rum, cordial, or Cognac.
Instead, this book aims to increase your appreciation of the quali-
ties in fine distilled spirits, enabling you to make wise choices from
the myriad products on the shelves in your local liquor store or in
the literally hundreds of cocktails available for serving or drinking
on social occasions. Drinking alcohol beverages is indeed a social
thing to do. It’s also part of religious services, and its use as a psy-
chic benefit is unquestioned. There are other sides to these noble
beverages as well.
This book also presents some ways in which a measured drink or
two a day can create a more healthful way to live. I also talk about
how to avoid any of the unpleasant results that can come from
drinking too much.

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Introduction……………………………………………….1
Part I: Entering the Spirits World ……………………7
Chapter 1: Discovering Distilled Spirits …………………………………………..9
Chapter 2: How Distilled Spirits Are Created………………………………….23
Chapter 3: Enjoying Spirits…………………………………………………………….43
Part II: Whiskeys from Around the World………..59
Chapter 4: Sipping the Irish Whiskeys……………………………………………61
Chapter 5: Saluting the Scots…………………………………………………………79
Chapter 6: American Cousins: Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey …..97
Chapter 7: More Whiskeys from America
and Other Parts of the World …………………………………………………115
Chapter 8: Channeling the Canadians…………………………………………..131
Part III: Surfing the White Waters:
A Guide to “Clear” Spirits………………………….147
Chapter 9: Getting the Goods on Gin ……………………………………………149
Chapter 10: Vodka: Toasting the Russians ……………………………………169
Chapter 11: Tequila: Unearthing the Aztecs …………………………………191
Chapter 12: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum …………………………………..209
Part IV: Enjoying the “After Dinner” Specials…231
Chapter 13: Cultivating Brandy ……………………………………………………233
Chapter 14: Collecting Cordials, Lining Up Liqueurs…………………….255
Part V: The Part of Tens…………………………….275
Chapter 15: Ten (or so) Classic Spirits Cocktails………………………….277
Chapter 16: Ten Spirited Dishes …………………………………………………..291
Chapter 17: Ten Nutrition Profiles of Alcohol Beverages………………303
Chapter 18: Ten (or so) Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking……..307
Index…………………………………………………….317

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