Author(s): Dave Broom
There is an old Latvian saying which translates something like, "The first glass of vodka is drunk to everybody's health, the second for pleasure, the third for insolence, the last for madness." All of this may be true, but vodka's popularity continues to grow while other spirits sales tread water at best. Vodka: A Toast to the Purest of Spirits describes the history of the spirit (its name comes from the Russian for water, voda), how it is distilled - with detailed explanations of how flavoured vodka is created, classic Vodka-based cocktails, where to buy the premier brands, even recipes, all in a handy pocket-sized book.
Dave Broom is a Glenfiddich Award-winning writer who has spent most of his working life in the drinks trade, from cellarman to bar manager. He has written numerous books on the subject, including The Complete Bartender's Guide and Distilling Knowledge: A Professional Guide to Spirits and Liqueurs, and he writes regularly for a number of magazines, including Decanter, Wine Magazine and Wine and Spirit International. He lives in Brighton.