What role did Scotch whisky play in the development of the steam engine? Who first coined the word ‘alcohol’ Spirits and drink historians Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown know. They have been on a spirituous journey since they first launched their website Shaken Not Stirred: A Celebration of the Martini and the book by the same name. Fifteen years of travel around the world, a few worn out library cards, and thousands of pages of undiscovered research later, they have amassed their findings in the two-volume work, Spirituous Journey: A History of Drink, of which this is the first. Jared Brown is Master Distiller at Sipsmith Independent Spirits. He is publisher of Mixellany Books, specializing in drink-related subjects and co-author, with his wife Anistatia Miller, of a few dozen books. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Observer Food Monthly.