The Periodic Table of Cocktails
By Emma Stokes
The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a fun, concise, and appealingly geeky new concept to cocktail appreciation. The foundation of the book is a periodic table organized by cocktail styles (Martinis and Up, Fruity/Tropical, Highballs/Muddles, Collinses/Fizzes, etc.) and by predominant base alcohols across the chart’s rows (vodka, gin, tequila, etc.). If you like one cocktail in the table, you should enjoy all the cocktails that surround it. The book also offers the background history and make-it-yourself recipe for each of the more than 100 “elements” or cocktails.
Emma Stokes created Gin Monkey, an impartial and independent online guide to good cocktails. She cofounded the London Cocktail Society and runs World Gin Day. She also presents the Gin Lab sessions at the City of London Distillery and has a day job working for the Wellcome Trust, a charity organization.