Do you ever wonder how rum found its way from the streets of Cuba into our mojitos and mai tais? Or the tales behind cognac and its “it” drink rep? Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History by NPR’s “Uncorked” host, Mark Spivak, narrates the stories behind today’s most popular spirits. With witty insight, Mark equates today’s bars and lounges to the Broadway Theater of mixology, and in suit, researches the history and cultural significance of twelve of the world’s most iconic spirits. How did gin almost topple the British Empire? Why is Campari considered to be one of the sexiest things on earth when it tastes like castor oil flavored with tree bark? Read all about it in Mark Spivak’s Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, available for purchase online and in stores for $17.