Spirits Distilled Book and Audio Book

By Mark Ridgwell

‘Unmissable in any professional or connoisseur’s library.’

Philip Duff, Founder of Door 74 & International Educator

‘Must have for any ‘serious’ drinker…’

Angus Winchester, Drinks Maven and New York Bar Owner

‘It’s a great book. ‘

Ben Carlotta, bartender supreme and consultant

Every bartender must know each and every ingredient behind the bar. The third edition of Spirits Distilled, by Mark Ridgwell, is a comprehensive guide to all of the major spirits categories.


Includes MP3 audio book of each chapter read by Mark Ridgwell

Taking the reader through the principles of distillation to an explanation on how to taste spirits, Ridgwell reveals the history and legends behind vodka, gin, tequila, genever, rum, brandies, liqueurs, eaux-de-vie, flavoured white spirits and the entire range of whiskies. Lovers of spirits will find this book to be an invaluable resource for understanding and appreciating the world of spirits from a qualitative rather than quantitative perspective.

Professionals too will find the quizzes in Spirits distilled a particularly useful tool for understanding better the spirits they sell. This edition of Spirits distilled contains a new chapter on cocktails by drinks consultant Michael Butt, with a section at the end of each spirit chapter detailing the best cocktails featuring that spirit. An essential book that belongs on the reference shelf of everyone who works with or enjoys spirits, Spirits distilled is a classic in the making.

 Reviews of Spirits Distilled

‘Given the increased interest in spirits, this is a wonderfully timely book.’


‘Those who work with spirits or simply enjoy them should take a look at a new book on the intoxicating subject.’

So Tunbridge Wells Magazine

‘An excellent reference manual for industry professionals.’


“This is a decent addition to the booksheves’

The Vodka Guy

“This is an amazing read, I have the previous book but this one surpasses it, I don’t know where he gets the inspiration and knowledge from, The best bit is when you can test yourself on what you have read in the chapters as you go,
This is an absolute must for anyone who is thinking of becoming a Bartender, The information in here is invaluable for them. I would definitely recommend it.”

Michael John Sweetman. National Vice President of UKBG