Intoxicating Summer Reads for Cocktail Lovers

Barstool nerds and gastronomy geeks, this is the cocktail book for you. Named a Best Science Book of 2014 by Amazon, Wired, the Guardian, and NBC, Proof is 290 pages on the science and history of yeast in producing alcoholic beverages and sugar's role in all of it. You've got chapters to dive into on aging, fermentation, and distillation. Then there's the effects of booze on your body, the biochemistry of taste and smell, and all about hangovers, from causes to cures. Oh yeah, it was also the winner of the 2014 Gourmand Award for Best Spirits Book in the United States and finalist for the 2015 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. So there's that.