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Mark Spivak - author of Iconic Spirits and Global Gourmet blogMARK SPIVAK

 

Mark Spivak has been the Food and Wine Editor of Palm Beach Illustrated, educating our readers on the finer points of wine and spirits as well as reviewing the top culinary spots of South Florida since 2001. Visiting wine regions, distilleries and culinary meccas around the globe, Mark’s voice, an authoritative pen of the epicurean scene, can also be read on his blog Global Gourmet, where he writes about his experiences and insights, exclusively on palmbeachillustrated.com.
Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History - Mark Spivak   Mark is also the author of The Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest (also available as an e-book), and his newest tome, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History [Lyons Press], which hit bookstands November 2012.
  Iconic Spirits is a must read for any and all interested in the world of the high-proofed. The book chronicles twelve unique spirits and categories that helped forge the cocktail culture of today, telling the untold stories and the hidden tales of each, followed with cocktail recipes, many of which are classics and genre originators.

Blog Articles

Squid Ink Cocktails

Date: April 13, 2015

Squid ink cocktails are a hot trend in some of the country's cutting-edge craft cocktail bars.

Money and Death in Napa

Date: April 6, 2015

Robert Dahl's dream of becoming a gentleman vintner ended with him chasing his primary investor through the grapevines with a semiautomatic pistol and shooting him in the back.

Arsenic and Cheap Wine

Date: March 30, 2015

According to independent reserach, over 80 popular wine brands have high levels of arsenic.

Teeling Single Grain

Date: March 23, 2015

Dubllin's new Teeling Distillery has released their latest expression, a Single Grain Whiskey ($45).

The Bone Broth Craze

Date: March 16, 2015

Bone broth is suddenly all the rage, due to the popularity of the Paleo Diet.

Tusail

Date: March 9, 2015

Glenmorangie has released Tusail, the latest in its annual Private Edition Series of single malts.

The FUDS Cookbook

Date: March 2, 2015

March 3 is the release date for the FUDS Cookbook, a collection of fictional recipes from a non-existent restaurant.

Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013

Date: February 23, 2015

From a field of over 1,000 spirits, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 has named Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask The World's Best Whisky.

The $761 Peanut Butter

Date: February 16, 2015

The world's most expensive peanut butter costs $761 for a six-ounce jar, and it's only available from the U.S. government.

Think Love, Drink Pink

Date: February 9, 2015

Celebrate Valentines Day with a sensual bottle of rosé Champagne.

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