Sother Teague, one of New York's most knowledgeable bartenders and Wine Enthusiast's Mixologist of the Year (2017), presents a brief history of both classic and lesser-known spirits with modern-day wit and old-school bar wisdom, accompanied by easy-to-mix drink recipes you'll soon commit to memory. Better than bellying up to some of the world's best bars with a veteran bartender, this series of essays and conversations on all things alcohol aims to reveal how the joy of drinking changed both history and culture?and will likely inspire you to make a little history of your own. After all, no retelling of a great caper or revolutionary event ever started with the phrase, "So a bunch of guys are all eating salad...". This hardcover collection of timeless tips, insight from industry pros and 100+ recipes is more than just a cocktail book: It's a manifesto for living a more spirited life.Consumers who purchase the book will gain access to five exclusive videos in which Sother teaches them how to create his five favorite drinks for entertaining. These videos will be posted on a private webpage and only made available to readers of the book.