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. The book will be published with a companion volume, The Periodic Table of Wine.
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Top Reviewssweet nerdy fun.
by andrew (5 out of 5 stars)
November 17, 2018
Fun science related cocktail book for your scientist wife or nerdy friend.
by L (5 out of 5 stars)
March 5, 2018
Great idea for a cocktail book! Very cleverly organized!
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by Jill Nicely (5 out of 5 stars)
April 18, 2017
Talk about a clever concept! The Periodic Table of Cocktails is just that, an extremely well-organized and thought out chart of cocktails. It's not just a book of recipes for your favorite cocktails (although it does have recipes for all these fabulous drinks), it's a way to look at cocktail drinking and crafting that gives you so many more options. Like I said, there are more than 100 recipes for traditional and newer cocktails, with background information, history, ingredient lists, and methods for each. There is also a list of bartender's equipment (along with a list of home kitchen equivalents), and a glossary of terms, detailed index, and reading suggestions for anyone who wants to learn more. But you can find all that in any cocktail cookbook. It's the genius periodic table that takes this book to the next level. Imagine a chart of cocktails with different types of alcohol going down the rows and types of cocktails going across the columns. The rows: aperitifs, vermouth, vodka, gin, white rum, tequila, cognac, dark/gold rum, bourbon, and whiskey; with special rows for cocktails that include absinthe, that include beer, and that include overproofed alcohols. The columns: Martinis and Up; Daisies/Sours/Citrus Fresh; Fruity and Tropical; Highballs, Swizzles, and Muddled; Collins, Spritzes, and Fizzes; Snappers; and Coconut, Cream, and Egg. Is it making your head spin? It took me a few minutes too. Let me show you how it works. Let's talk white rum. In the Martini and Up column, you'll see El Presidente. In the Daisies/Sours/Fresh Citrus columns, you'll see Daiquiri, Maid in Cuba, Between the Sheets, and Hemingway Daiquiri (this is the most popular style of cocktails; most of the drink recipes are in the chapters for this style). In the Fruity and Tropical column is the Hurricane. For Highballs, Swizzles, and Muddled, you'll see the Mojito. In Collins, Spritzes, and Fizzes, you get the Cuba Libre. For Snappers, the Cubanita. And if you like getting caught in the rain, in the Coconut, Cream, and Egg column is the Pina Colada. So here's the idea. You like a good Mojito? You should try the drinks around it too. Try the Hurricane or the Cuba Libre. Or you can also go up and try a Bramble (made with gin) or down and try the El Diablo, with tequila. This makes it so easy to see at a glance what cocktail to try next. There are so many options in this periodic table, and they are presented in a clear and fascinating way. Author Emma Stokes knows her stuff too. Not only has she spent over 10 years making cocktails in London, Leeds, and Newcastle, she also spent a little time in Geneva, working at CERN, so you know she knows what she's doing with a periodic table. Check out The Periodic Table of Cocktails before your next night of drinking or tending your home bar to raise your game to a truly impressive level. Or if cocktails aren't your thing, check out The Periodic Table of Wine, also available and offering a wealth of information for anyone wanting a visual chart of wine information to drink in (see what I did there?). Cheers!
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by Phillip Schultz (3 out of 5 stars)
December 5, 2017
I'll admit that I wasn't wowed by this book. The idea behind it is intriguing. It categorizes cocktails based on different characteristics with the idea that if you enjoy one of them, the others adjacent to it on the table should be a good match as well.
There are a lot of classic cocktails represented in the book. It also includes some modern cocktails that serve to mix things up a bit. The author clearly identifies when she has a preference about one way of making some of these drinks. Many have been around so long that there are innumerable variations. She even encourages the reader to try making small changes to the recipes she presents to see if they like it better another way. I always appreciate seeing that embrace for experimentation when it comes to food and drink because it gives the feeling that these things aren't set in stone.
Another good thing about the book is the anecdotes that accompany the recipes. It usually includes a brief history of the cocktail, many of which are up for debate. These won't add to the experience of the cocktails themselves, but they are fun to read nonetheless. Some of the recipes are just variations based on the type of spirit or liqueur added to the drink. For me, this detracted a little bit from the book because it means that something else was left out. All in all it's a nice book for picking out a new cocktail to try, although I probably wouldn't make them myself.
Clever way to organize cocktail recipes
by Librarian/Reviewer/Reader (4 out of 5 stars)
April 26, 2017
What does a periodic table have to do with cocktails you might ask? Well, it gives you a way to organize recipes for one hundred traditional and more recently created cocktails with different types of alcohol going down the rows and different types of cocktails going across the columns. The columns include: Martinis and Up; Daisies/Sours/Citrus Fresh; Fruity and Tropical; Highballs, Swizzles, and Muddled; Collins, Spritzes, and Fizzes; Snappers; and Coconut, Cream, and Egg. When you locate a cocktail you like on the periodic table you are given an interesting history of the cocktail along with an ingredients list and the methods of making that cocktail. You can also explore other cocktails near it on the table to discover new recipes that you might like. A clever concept for those who want to learn more about crafting cocktails.
by Kristin Cook (3 out of 5 stars)
December 7, 2018
I liked the layout of separating styles of drinks and putting them in the different rows of a periodic table. I read through and liked some of the drink ideas too, but ultimately didn't make anything because of the constant use of measurements that aren't on my jigger, specifically measurements like 5/6 ounces and increments of third ounces. The absence of pictures also made it a lot less fun than other books.
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